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TV doctor in clear over crash claim

Television doctor Chris Steele will not face legal action over claims he drove away from the scene of a road accident, the Crown Prosecution Service said.

The resident medic on ITV1's This Morning show was accused of a number of driving offences following an incident in Burnage, Greater Manchester, in July.

Dr Steele, 65, from Didsbury, had strongly denied the charges which have now been dropped by prosecutors after they reviewed the police evidence.

He had faced trial next year before Manchester magistrates over allegations of failing to stop at the scene of an accident, failing to report an accident and driving without due care and attention.

CPS reviewing lawyer Alan Richardson 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."

Dr Steele told the Manchester Evening News the proceedings had been a "real worry" and he was "relieved" the matter was closed.

The GP is a familiar face on television screens after first appearing on the daytime magazine programme more than 20 years ago.

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