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Drink-drive charge judge resigns

A judge who was arrested for allegedly being drunk in charge of a car while on bail for a similar offence has resigned, the Ministry of Justice said.

Crown court judge Bruce Macmillan, 63, of Sefton Park, was arrested on Thursday accused of being drunk in charge of a motor vehicle in Liverpool.

He had been charged with drinking and driving on 27 August after being stopped on the M6 in Lancashire.

The Ministry of Justice said the judge had resigned with immediate effect.

Judge Macmillan was appointed to the Northern Circuit in 1993 and sits at Liverpool Crown Court.

By stepping down he loses his £128,000-a-year salary, but avoids being disrobed by the Lord Chief Justice and Lord Chancellor.

He also hit the headlines in January when he sentenced a Liverpool man who was found naked and stuck in a supermarket chimney following a bungled burglary.

Judge Macmillan is due to appear before magistrates in Chorley on 30 September to face the original charge of drinking and driving.

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