A top policeman has vowed to tighten up police procedures after a host of wealthy celebrities had prosecutions for driving offences thrown out on legal technicalities.
Greater Manchester Police Assistant Chief Constable Steve Thomas has pledged to examine police policy for bringing motoring prosecutions after the success of a solicitor dubbed Mr Loophole.
The force has been left redfaced after a string of successes by celebrity defence lawyer Nick Freeman.
The solicitor, who is a partner in law firm Freeman and Co, specialises in defending people charged with driving offences.
He has previously acted for England captain David Beck-ham, Wayne Rooney, Sir Alex Ferguson, Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole, Jonathan Woodgate and Ronnie O'Sullivan.
He has successfully won many cases after spotting procedural errors by police gathering evidence 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 had failed to prove Mr Bradshaw was the driver of the vehicle.
Mr Bradshaw walked free from court after he was cleared by the district judge.
Speaking after the case, 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 said he welcomed the move by police but rejected the suggestion 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.
"The vast majority of the cases I win are not the result of finding legal loopholes." ..SUPL: