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Issue Date:- 10 February 2009


MERSEYSIDE Police is continuing to appeal for information following a Fatal RTC on Saturday, 17 January 2009.

A 73 year old pedestrian was in a collision with a Peugeot 306.  He was taken to hospital where he later died.

The driver stopped at the scene and is assisting police with their enquiries.

The Peugeot was travelling towards to Southport at the time of the collision.  Merseyside Police is keen to trace any drivers who were immediately behind the Peugeot and stopped at the scene.

If you were travelling behind the car at the time of the collision or witnessed the incident, please contact 0151 777 5771 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


MERSEYSIDE Police are now investigating a shooting after a 32 year old man was admitted to hospital with an injury consistent with a ball bearing wound.

The man was admitted to hospital at 2pm on Monday, 2 February 2009.  Merseyside Police said he was being treated for injuries to the abdomen which are not thought to be life threatening.

It is believed that the male may have been injured in the area of Webster Street, Litherland at 9pm on Monday, 2 February 2009.

Enquiries are now underway to establish the full circumstances surrounding this incident.

Anyone who may have information in relation to the incident is asked to call the Merseyside Police Gun Crime hotline on 0800 458 1211 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. 

Legal eagles top worst drivers list

LAWYERS, judges and magistrates are 60% more likely than the average motorist to have points on their licence, according to research by insurance specialist Admiral.  And it seems the trend continues with other groups working in positions of responsibility having worse driving records than Joe Public as well.

The analysis of 1.6 million car insurance policies taken out in 2008 has revealed the members of society we often look up to are some of the worst offenders for driving convictions such as speeding, traffic light offences and using a phone whilst driving.

Alongside the legal profession, drivers in the medical profession, religious leaders, the police and teachers were also found to have below average driving records.

Those in the medical profession were 48% more likely than the average driver to have a motoring conviction, religious leaders 30% more likely, the police 25% more likely and those in teaching professions, 10% more likely.

Profession % with Motoring Convictions
Legal 20.1
Medical 18.7
Religious leaders 16.4
Police 15.8
Education 13.9
UK driver average 12.6

Admiral managing director, Sue Longthorn, said:- "We were shocked to find that the legal profession were the worst offenders.  You would think that working in the field of law they would be keen not to break any driving rules themselves."

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