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Driving loopholes police pledge
Nick Freeman
Nick Freeman rejects claims he only uses technicalities
A police chief has pledged to tighten procedure to reduce the number of driving offence cases acquitted on legal technicalities.

Gtr Manchester Police Assistant Chief Constable Steve Thomas pledged to examine policy after the success of a solicitor dubbed Mr Loophole.

The force has been left red-faced after a string of successes by celebrity defence lawyer Nick Freeman.

The solicitor specialises in defending driving offences.

Greater Manchester Police is looking at a number of procedural issues that have arisen following the outcome of trials in which Mr Freeman cleared defendants after uncovering a loophole in the system
ACC Steve Thomas

Mr Freeman, a partner in law firm Freeman and Co, has previously acted for England captain David Beckham, Wayne Rooney, Sir Alex Ferguson, Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole, Jonathan Woodgate and Ronnie O'Sullivan.

The solicitor has won many cases after spotting procedural in police evidence gathering or quizzing suspects.

Last week charges were dropped against company executive Jon Bradshaw who was found by his crashed car with more than four times the legal blood-alcohol level in his system.

Under cross-examination the arresting officer admitted he had tested a sample of Mr Bradshaw's blood without his consent, while he was unconscious.

Mr Freeman also argued police failed to prove Mr Bradshaw, who was cleared by the district judge, was the vehicle's driver.

ACC Thomas said: "Greater Manchester Police is looking at a number of procedural issues that have arisen following the outcome of trials in which Mr Freeman cleared defendants after uncovering a loophole in the system."

Mr Freeman welcomed the police move but rejected the claim he was only employing legal technicalities.

He said: "If they are going to do their job properly as a consequence of my work, I am delighted. It is about time."


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