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Huhne police seek more evidence

Prosecutors have asked police to obtain more evidence over allegations that Energy Secretary Chris Huhne dodged a speeding penalty.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said it had requested additional material after completing a "full review" of the case.

"We have now considered all the evidence submitted to us so far and have completed a full review of the case," said a CPS spokeswoman.

"We have asked Essex Police to obtain further information which they are seeking to gather. As a result, this week they were granted a production order for material held by a national newspaper.

"We await the outcome of this. We continue to work closely with the police and hope to reach a decision shortly."

Police began investigating more than five months ago after claims emerged that Mr Huhne asked his ex-wife, Vicky Pryce, to accept penalty points on his behalf.

The force delivered an initial evidence file to the CPS in July, but has since been pursuing other leads.

The speeding offence is alleged to have taken place in 2003 when the then-MEP was driving home from Stansted Airport after flying back from the European Parliament.

Liberal Democrat Mr Huhne - who left Ms Pryce for another woman last year - has denied the allegations and said he hopes the probe will "draw a line" under the furore.

At the party's conference in Birmingham last month, the Cabinet minister spoke publicly of his regret that Ms Pryce had still not forgiven him for the circumstances of their split. She hit back by releasing a statement through lawyers accusing Mr Huhne of a "serious intrusion" into her private life and that of their children.


From Belfast Telegraph