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Drink Driver Could Not Remember Driving From Birmingham to Lymm

Posted by Neil on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 at 15:17:53

Filed under: Crime

Andrew Smith, aged 40, was seen by witnesses trying to get into the wrong house on Huntsfield Close, after trying to visit a friend's property.

Halton Magistrates Court heard on Friday how Smith was seen 'swerving all over the motorway' on the M6, between Knutsford and Warrington, at 3.55pm on November 22, last year.

Beverley Dobson, prosecuting, said a later call notified police of an abandoned vehicle on Huntsfield Close. Empty wine bottles were found in the passenger seat of Smith's BMW 320.

After being arrested, the court heard the defendant told officers at Cheshire Police he was driving from Somerset when he stopped at services near Birmingham.

"He said he couldn't remember anything after that because of the level of intoxication," said Ms Dobson. He can't remember anything until completing the breath test while in custody. He didn't give any reason as to why he had been drinking so much."

When Smith, of Gatekeeper Fold, Waterloo, Ashton-under-Lyne, took the breath test, it gave a reading of 167 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath.

The father-of-two, who has no previous convictions, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol on December 11, last year. Smith, who has held an experienced managerial position for 16 years, admitted to having a drink problem.

The court heard the defendant has started an alcohol treatment programme, and that he is 'mortified', but could not explain driving at least 80 miles when drunk.

And Smith could not say how much he had to drink, or when he drank it. Magistrates said it was 'rare' to see a drink driving case where the alcohol limit was so high, and that it was 'fortunate' no harm was caused.

Smith was sentenced to eight weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, and 250 hours unpaid work. The defendant was also banned from driving for three years.

Tags: limit

Lymm GP Arrested

Posted by Neil on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 at 15:23:53

Filed under: Announcements, Appeals for Information, Crime

A Doctor from Lymm has been arrested in a police probe on suspicion of possessing and distributing indecent images.

David McMaster, aged 49, is a GP at Quayside Medical Practice in Failsworth, Manchester. He was arrested by police and bailed while the investigation continues. Mr McMaster has also been suspended from working as a GP following the arrest.

A spokesman for Cheshire Police said: “Following an investigation a 49-year-old man from Lymm was arrested on suspicion of possessing and distributing indecent images.

"He has since been bailed. Enquiries are continuing."

A spokesman for the General Medical Council said Mr McMaster can longer practise as a GP, while he is under police investigation.

NHS England in Greater Manchester has confirmed it is aware of the arrest. It said it was working with Quayside Medical Practice to ensure services for patients are not affected.

According to the practice website, the experienced doctor has been a GP for 25 years.

Mr McMaster has also held a senior position as a board member of the Clinical Commissioning Group for Oldham. He joined as clinical director of urgent care, although it is believed he no longer acts in the role.

Well thought of in the profession, Mr McMaster was a 'health leader', helping form the strategy of Oldham's health services while on the CCG board.

The Warrington resident was charged with planning services including accident and emergency, ambulance and out of hours care. As a result, the suspect spent time observing in A and E hospital departments. And Mr McMaster was responsible for ensuring local people got the best service.

While a GP in Oldham, he worked alongside medical students to offer support and guidance.

Article courtesy of the Warrington Guardian.

Tags: doctor, arrested, crime

Royal Recognition

Posted by Neil on Thursday, 13 June 2013 at 09:17:46

Filed under: Announcements, Awards, Charity

Royal Recognition

A Probation Officer from Lymm has won royal recognition for his work to support veterans.

Alan Lilly, aged 55, received a commendation from Princess Anne at Buckingham Palace for helping to ensure veterans are given necessary support after being arrested.

The Lymm resident, who was watched by 16-year-old son Thomas at the ceremony, said: “It was an amazing experience.

“We were made to feel special from the start. When I went up to the stage I was very conscious to not trip up.”

The former soldier of 16 years suggested a system that means anyone arrested is asked if they, or immediate family, have served in the Armed Forces.

If their time in service has contributed towards committing crimes, they are given advice on where to get help, or referred to other services such as the NHS or housing agencies. That system is now used across the country.

The father-of-two said deciding if support is needed as veterans can be a wide range of ages with different issues that need addressing.

“The term veterans is misleading,” said Alan. “We aren't just talking about the old man walking past the Cenotaph - research shows that 75 per cent of veterans are aged 26 or under. Anyone who has served for one day is a veteran. For some to go from military culture to civilian culture is very challenging. That can mean ending up in the criminal justice system. Some do not have family, or a home, or have a lot of debt. There are also issues around anger management and alcohol misuse.”

After leaving the army in 1992, Alan found finding work in Warrington difficult as "there wasn’t much around for a tank commander".

He worked as a prison officer at Thorn Cross YOI, before moving to Cheshire Probation Trust.

Alan has now joined Live At Ease, a charity commissioned by the NHS to provide support to veterans on housing, employment, debt, relationships and welfare.

He added: “It was lovely to get recognition but this is about the process continuing to make sure this group of individuals who are often quite vulnerable are recognised and given support.”

If you are a veteran, or know someone who needs help, call Live At Ease on 0808 1231123 or visit

Story courtesy of the Warrington Guardian.

Tags: Probation Officer, Lymm, royal, veterans

Fire Destroys Lymm Boat

Posted by Neil on Wednesday, 30 May 2012 at 16:44:15

Filed under: Announcements, Appeals for Information

The owners of a barge on Bridgewater Canal, Lymm, saw the interior of their boat completely destroyed by flames hours after they were arrested by police.

Friends Louise Bradford, aged 33, and Julian Knott, aged 49, who had been working on the canal boat named Pandora, have been handed cash by residents and told they can use the church to wash after a fire was started at 11.45pm on Friday.

Witnesses said other barges moved quickly after fears gas cannisters on the boat, which had been moored since last Wednesday, could have caused an explosion.

A dog walker, who did not want to be named, said: “The flames and heat had caused all the windows to smash and I could smell smoke from the other side of the village.

“The people on other barges looked terrified that the flames could spread to their boat.”

Cheshire Fire bosses confirmed arsonists had started the flames and the incident is currently being investigated by Cheshire Police.

They say the couple were arrested around 7pm for a public order offence and were still in custody in Runcorn when the fire happened.

On Tuesday signs were placed around the wreckage of the burnt-out barge reading accusing the police of not investigating.

Article courtesy of Warrington Guardian.

Tags: fire, canal, boat


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