TV doctor cleared over crash claims

This Morning doctor Chris Steele has been cleared over claims he left the scene of a road accident, the Crown Prosecution Service said.

The 65-year-old had been facing trial before magistrates in Manchester over charges relating to an incident in Burnage, Greater Manchester, in July. Those charges have now been dropped after prosecutors examined police evidence.

The medic, who has a regular slot on the ITV1 morning show, had always denied the allegations of failing to stop at the scene of an accident, failing to report an accident and driving without due care and attention.

Had the claims been proven, it would have given the doctor acar insurance headache for the future.

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.

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