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Last Updated: Wednesday, 9 March, 2005, 08:42 GMT
Ruling over crash driver's name
Magistrates have ruled that a teenager whose dangerous driving led to a crash which left a 16-year-old pregnant girl badly injured should be identified.

A youth court in King's Lynn, Norfolk, said the 17-year-old boy should be identified so the public could call the police if they saw him driving.

But the youth's lawyer said he would challenge the magistrates' ruling at a judicial review in the High Court.

Magistrates said the youth must remain anonymous until that appeal.

On Tuesday, journalists at the court had argued that it was in the public interest for the teenager's name, address and photograph to be published because of the seriousness of the offence.

Police inquiry

Magistrates agreed and chairman Jean Bonnick told the court: "We believe the public need to be protected by knowing who he is so that they can report him if he were to get back behind the wheel again."

The youth, who lives near King's Lynn, was driving towards oncoming traffic on the A47, followed by a police car before the accident, the court heard.

The pregnant girl, who also lives near King's Lynn, was a passenger in a car travelling on the correct side of the road.

The car she was in swerved to avoid the youth's vehicle, but was then in collision with the following police car.

The girl lost the child she was carrying as a result of her injuries.

The youth admitted dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, driving without insurance, failing to stop after an accident and failing to stop for police and is due to be sentenced on 5 April.

An independent police inquiry is under way into the police's role in the incident.


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