A RESTAURANT manager from Hampshire has completed an epic cross-European cycle ride in a bid to end factory farming.

Jay McIlwain travelled to the EU Parliament in Brussels on two-wheels after a gruelling 322 mile journey from Southampton.

The manager of Chalk Valley Burgers delivered a letter demanding MEPs impose stricter laws on farming methods amongst union members.

Jay, 36, set off from his London Road restaurant which sources its meat and products from ethical sources.

Chefs and waitresses waved him goodbye as he embarked on the three-day solo journey.

He met Keith Taylor, Green Party MEP for the South East at the European Parliament where he delivered the document calling for the eradication of factory farming and better standards in mass production.

Afterwards he boarded a Eurostar train to London riding up to the the House of Commons to deliver another letter to Romsey and Southampton North MP Caroline Nokes.

The father-of-three from Lockerley, rode on behalf of charity, Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) charity and has already raised £1,135 for the group campaigning for animal welfare.