Manchester

Crash charges dropped against TV doctor

Television doctor Chris Steele
Image caption Dr Steele had denied all the charges

Television doctor Chris Steele will not face legal action over claims he drove away from a car crash, the Crown Prosecution Service has confirmed.

Dr Steele, 65, was accused of several driving offences after an incident in Burnage, Greater Manchester, in July.

The Didsbury medic, who regularly appears on ITV1's This Morning programme, had denied the charges.

The charges were dropped by prosecutors after they reviewed evidence from Greater Manchester Police.

Dr Steele was due to stand trial next year over allegations he failed to stop at the scene of an accident, failing to report an accident and driving without due care and attention.

Alan Richardson, the reviewing lawyer for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said: "While the CPS authorises charges in more serious complex cases, the police still determine charge and initiate road traffic proceedings. In those cases, the CPS will consider the evidence once submitted by the police.

"With regards to the case involving Dr Steele, I have reviewed the file of evidence passed to me by Greater Manchester Police and have concluded that there is insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction.

"I have therefore decided to discontinue the case and I have notified Dr Steele in writing via his solicitor."

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