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Drink Driver Loses Licence and Dream Career

A 28-year-old man has lost his chance at pursuing his dream job of becoming a firefighter after being convicted of drink driving and receiving an 18-month ban.

Magistrates in Burnley heard that the company director crashed while drink driving and had to be cut from the wreckage of his car by the very service he wished to join.

The accident occurred at around 2am on Saturday 15th April outside the Anchor Inn, Salterforth, and the man was rushed to hospital in Preston, thought to have suffered life-threatening injuries.

Blood tests revealed him to have 170mg alcohol per 100ml blood. The legal limit is 80mg. He suffered a broken jaw and a broken eye socket.

Speaking for the prosecution, Carl Gaffney explained that the defendant had expressed his shame and remorse in a letter to the court as he entered his guilty plea.

“He is shocked by his behaviour and he fully takes on board the seriousness of what he has done. The consequences of this will prove a real challenge in the future.”

Selina Akhtar, mitigating, said that her client, with no previous convictions, had been out drinking and watching the Grand National with friends.

He had originally intended to walk home, but for some reason instead decided to drive.

“Thankfully it was a quiet time of night,” she said, adding: “It could have been a lot worse.”

Ms Akhtar also added that her client had wanted to become a fireman, but his conviction for drink driving would prevent him from doing so, thus causing him a great deal of upset.

“He has not had a drink of alcohol since this incident,” she said.

After pleading guilty to driving without due care and attention and driving with excess alcohol, Magistrates banned the man from driving for 18 months, fined him £368 and ordered him to pay £85 costs.

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Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

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NHS Drink Driver Banned Following Crash

A 49-year-old woman has appeared at Kirklees Magistrates Court after crashing into a wall while drink driving.

The defendant, who crashed into a wall in Liversedge on June 10, said she had been drinking more to escape her “volatile” husband.

A member of the public reported the woman to police after seeing her swerving across Huddersfield Road just after 11pm.

The court heard that the woman hit a grass verge and collided with a wall before reversing and continuing her journey. She then exited the vehicle and climbed over a wall.

Shortly thereafter police found the driver and arrested her after she failed a roadside breath test.

Alex Bozman, prosecuting, said: “When she was arrested a wine bottle with half a glass of wine still left over was found in the vehicle when it was searched.”

Following her arrest, further tests showed the NHS driver to have 121mcg alcohol per 100ml breath, against the legal drink driving limit of 35mcg.

She told the court that she had been drinking since 4pm and her memories of the accident were very vague.

Aubrey Sampson, mitigating, said that she had not previously had any trouble with the police or the courts, adding “Her relationship with her husband has recently not been very good.”

“He started taking steroids and that led to a change in mood which led to quite a volatile relationship.”

“She found she was drinking far too much and she knew she had a problem.

“On the day in question, an argument started between them. She took her vehicle and drove, and the rest is history.

“Since the offence, they have both realised they have problems in their lives. He has stopped taking steroids and she has not had a drink since.”

Chairwoman Kathryn Beney told her: “This was a very, very high reading and you could have gone to custody.

“You were involved in an accident which could have been much more serious than hitting a wall. I think you’ve realised the seriousness of this offence.”

Magistrates banned the woman from driving for 29 months after she pleaded guilty to drink driving. She was also issued a 12-month community order requiring 10 days rehabilitation, six months alcohol treatment, and 40 hours of unpaid work in addition to paying £85 costs and a victim surcharge of £85.

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

Getting in contact with Carl and Millars Solicitors is really easy. You can call him FREE on 0800 999 5535 or in an emergency you can call on 07855 806119.

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High-Speed Chase Results In Drug-Driver Rammed Off Road

A drug-driver who was chased at speeds of up to 100mph through Leeds after failing to stop when ordered has been jailed for twelve months – to be added on top of a six-year sentence he is already serving.

Robert Williams sped away from police officers when they tried to pull him over on the M621 slip road.

Prosecutor Robert Galley told the court how, high on cannabis at the time, Williams re-joined the motorway at speed before exiting and running through a red light, as well as others as the three-mile chase progressed.

Video footage also shows him overtaking other vehicles at speed, driving on the wrong side of the road, and forcing a pedestrian to leap to safety as he attempted to escape police at speeds of up to 100mph, including doing 90mph in a 40mph zone.

The pursuit came to an end when a police car deliberately collided with Williams’ car as he attempted to drive down the exit ramp of the A64. The car spun and he was arrested when it came to a halt. He was also found in possession of cannabis.

Williams’ solicitor Alan Armbrister described it as “a truly awful piece of driving”.

Williams started a 6-year jail sentence in December last year after pleading guilty to charges of conspiracy to supply cocaine and money laundering. He had previous convictions for possession with intent to supply cannabis, possession of cocaine, and driving while disqualified.

At the time of the chase in October last year, he was on bail awaiting sentencing on those charges.

Williams pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, failure to stop, driving with drugs over the prescribed limit, and possession of cannabis.

Judge Simon Phillips QC banned Williams from driving for two years in addition to adding a further 12-months to his jail term. He will need to take an extended retest in order to get behind the wheel legally again.

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

Getting in contact with Carl and Millars Solicitors is really easy. You can call him FREE on 0800 999 5535 or in an emergency you can call on 07855 806119.

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Drug Driver Caught Using Mobile Phone At The Wheel

A man has been convicted of drug driving by Kirklees Magistrates after he was caught driving while using his mobile phone.

Police officers saw the motorist using his phone on February 20 in Dewsbury and pulled him over before noticing the smell of cannabis coming from his Audi.

Andy Willis told the court for the prosecution: “He initially caught the attention of police because he was using his mobile at the time.

“The defendant was invited into the back of the police vehicle and while speaking to him they could smell cannabis coming from him.”

The man was arrested and taken to Huddersfield Police Station after a roadside drug swipe showed the presence of the class B drug in his system.

Subsequent blood tests showed the driver, who appeared in court in 2016 on possession charges, to have more than 7mcg D9-THC – the active ingredient in cannabis – in his system. The legal limit is 2mcg.

Daniel Metcalfe, mitigating, explained that his client had been driving to see his daughter who was unwell.

“He had smoked cannabis in the morning and made the decision to drive the vehicle not feeling that he was impaired.

“The reason police were drawn to him was because he was fiddling with his mobile phone and not due to a poor standard of driving.”

The man pleaded guilty to drug driving and was banned from the roads for 12 months, fined £120, and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

Getting in contact with Carl and Millars Solicitors is really easy. You can call him FREE on 0800 999 5535 or in an emergency you can call on 07855 806119.

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Drug Driver Loses License And Job After Conviction

A motorist has lost his driving license and his job after being convicted of drug driving at Chesterfield Magistrates Court – because he was stopped for having a broken light.

Officers stopped the 28-year-old man in Alfreton because of a defective light and, they suspected, he was driving without insurance.

Prosecuting, Sarah Haslam told the court: “He had joined the A38 northbound carriageway in Alfreton on March 13 in a VW Golf.

“There was a defective light and an error showed he had no insurance but it was later established there was insurance but after police stopped him they suspected he was under the influence of drugs.

“He failed a roadside test and gave a blood sample at the police station of 3.3mcg of cannabis in blood and the legal limit is 2mcg. So he was just over one-and-half times the legal limit.”

Defending the driver, John Wilford said: “It’s a lesson for him because it will have a great effect on him.”

“He accepts smoking cannabis and the only reason he does so is for a back problem.

“He had smoked in the early hours and did not realise it would still be in his system.”

Mr Wilford went on to explain that his client will lose his job as a heating engineer in anticipation of a driving ban.

“He’s very remorseful about what occurred and he understands what he has done is wrong and he’s got to take the consequences and make the most of the period he is to be disqualified for.”

After the man pleaded guilty to drug driving, Judge Andrew Davison described it as a sad incident, knowing the man would lose his employment.

Judge Davison banned the man from driving for 12 months and fined him £200 plus £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

Getting in contact with Carl and Millars Solicitors is really easy. You can call him FREE on 0800 999 5535 or in an emergency you can call on 07855 806119.

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Fine For Mobile Phone Driver Who Killed Pensioner

A woman who killed a pensioner while driving and on the phone to her boyfriend has been fined £500 at Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court.

The 25-year-old woman was on a legal, hands-free call to her boyfriend at the time of the accident, and did not notice that 77-year-old Brian Croxon had stumbled and fallen on the road ahead.

The court heard that while the car in front swerved to avoid the pensioner, the defendant did not and drove over him thinking he was a bag of “rubbish” lying on the side of the road in Oldham.

Other motorists stopped to render aid to the man, however, the defendant only returned to the scene briefly before driving off again. It was later found that one of her headlights was not working properly.

Kevin Donnelly, prosecuting, told the court that at the time of the accident – around 11pm on December 8, 2017, the woman had been on the phone to her boyfriend on a legal, hands-free call lasting four minutes and 20 seconds. They had argued earlier in the day and deciding whether or not to meet.

Mr Donnelly said: “One of her dipped headlights was not working on the day of the incident and there’s evidence to suggest that it had not been working for about three weeks.

“At the time of the collision, she was in a conversation with somebody although she was using a car headset which is not unlawful.”

Mr Croxon was the former president of a brass band club and visited the Oldham club six nights a week. On the night in question, he arrived there just after 9pm and left a little under two hours later.

Witnesses saw him stumble on cobbles outside the club where he fell into the path of motorist Kelly Winstanley.

Mr Donelly went on to say: “Mr Croxton had three single whiskey and lemonades but did not seem to be drunk according to a member of staff.

“Miss Winstanley describes him as standing on a cobbled surface of the road and as she approached, something caused him to stumble into the road directly in front of her.

“Miss Winstanley’s instant reaction was to swerve to the right to avoid hitting him then swerved back into her own lane and she looked in her mirror and saw him motionless.

“Although something caused him to fall in the road, he was alive and what killed him was the impact of the defendant’s Ford Fiesta.

“The prosecution’s case is that [the defendant] did not swerve to avoid hitting Brian Croxon and did not brake to come to a halt.”

CCTV footage recovered as part of the investigation showed the defendant to be travelling under the speed limit of 30mph and approximately 100m behind the Citroen driven by Miss Winstanley.

“The stopping time is somewhere in the region of 11 seconds and Mr Croxon would have been visible to the defendant for about 10 seconds for a distance of about 100 metres,” explained Mr Donnelly.

“After the Citroen Picasso went past Mr Croxon, [the defendant] had an uninterrupted view of Mr Croxon.

“She did not immediately stop. She drove on to the next junction in the road and she turned around and came back to the scene of the collision but by the time she got back, a number of people were surrounding Brian Croxon. She did not stop, she drove past the scene slowly and then she drove on.

“If [she] had acted immediately to what she saw in the road, she would have brought her car to a halt in something like 4.5 seconds and that would have carried a distance of about 30 metres.”

In a statement, the woman said she had seen a “dark object in the road and was unable to move around it”.

During the trial, she admitted that she had been speaking to her boyfriend as she “wanted company” but denied claims that she was distracted by the call.

“We had been arguing because we hadn’t seen each other much lately and we were just deciding whether to see each other,” she told the court.

“We were planning to meet, so I set off to his house in Salford. We were just talking about his day and football.”

Confirming that she had indeed argued with her boyfriend earlier in the day, she said they had not done so while she was driving and on the phone. She also denied knowing that her passenger side headlight was faulty.

The court asked if she had realised Mr Croxon was lying in the road, to which she replied: “It didn’t look like a person – I thought it was rubbish.”

“What was going through my head was that I needed to avoid it, but it didn’t feel safe to swerve. The car on the other side of the road was obstructing me from doing a full swerve.”

“At the next junction, I turned around as I needed to know. I suspected that it was a person, but I didn’t know 100 per cent. I was so scared.

“I saw people and cars all together and I was petrified. I didn’t want to get out of the car, I didn’t know what to say.

“I stopped and put my hazards on, but when I looked over, I just thought that I couldn’t get out of the car. I have never been in trouble before.”

She added: “I was scared about a million things, not just one thing. What would happen to me? What would happen to my family?”

The defendant faced charges of causing death by careless driving and failing to stop following an accident. She pleaded guilty to the charges of failing to stop, and the jury cleared her of causing death by careless driving after three hours deliberation.

Following the verdict, she turned to Mr Croxon’s family in the public gallery and said “sorry”. They ignored her and left without comment.

Judge Bernadette Baxter told the woman: “I understand this has been an extremely stressful time for you and you are genuinely remorseful for not having stopped and reported the accident.

“I hope you understand just how dangerous that behaviour was.”

Judge Baxter fined the woman £500 and endorsed her license with eight penalty points.

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

Getting in contact with Carl and Millars Solicitors is really easy. You can call him FREE on 0800 999 5535 or in an emergency you can call on 07855 806119.

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Jail For Lorry Driver Who Caused Fatal Accident By Using Mobile Phones While Driving

A Newark lorry driver who caused a fatal smash because he was driving distracted by two mobile phones and his satnav has been jailed for three-and-a-half years for causing death by dangerous driving.

The 36-year-old man pleaded not guilty to the charges at Nottingham Crown Court but was sentenced after a four-day trial.

The Court heard how at just after 8am on 12 December 2016 the defendant was driving a 38-tonne, fully laden articulated lorry, which collided with a Ford Transit van near Hockerton on the A617. The 58-year-old van driver died as a result of his injuries.

The driver’s dashcam, as well as his personal and work mobile phones, were used in evidence showing he had taken calls on both phones and been programming his satnav while driving.

The driver had ended a call just prior to the collision, and moments later had lost control of his vehicle and crossed the road into the path of the Transit Van. The driver of the van had no time to avoid the oncoming lorry.

Detective Sergeant Adam Cooper from Nottinghamshire Police’s Serious Collision Unit said: “This incident shows the catastrophic impact that inattention whilst driving can have. [The driver] was effectively at the hands of a lethal weapon and he showed complete disregard for the power of the machine he was driving.

“[The victim’s] death was completely avoidable. His family are left picking up the pieces and the Christmas period will now serve as a constant reminder of the tragedy. [The driver] is beginning a prison sentence and leaving his own family to cope with the impact of that.

“I cannot emphasise enough that whilst driving, full attention needs to be given to what is happening on the road. Distractions such as using mobile phones and sat navs  can, in a moment, have devastating consequences that impacts on many lives.

“Nottinghamshire Police Collision Investigation team will bring those that cause death or serious injury before the courts.

“The message is simple: no phones, no distractions, no excuses.”

The driver of the lorry was jailed for three-and-a-half years and banned from driving for a further three years. Should he wish to drive again he must take an extended retest.

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

Getting in contact with Carl and Millars Solicitors is really easy. You can call him FREE on 0800 999 5535 or in an emergency you can call on 07855 806119.

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Chester Teacher Caught At Twice Legal Drink Driving Limit

A 25-year-old woman who teaches at a Chester college has been banned from the roads for almost two years after she was caught drink driving.

The woman, from Mold, was hoping to extend her contract to full-time at Cheshire College South and West where she currently teaches media part-time.

Given the nature of her work and her conviction, her job may now be at risk, said Mike Pugh, speaking in the woman’s defence.

He continued by explaining that his client suffered from anxiety and depression. Her partner, also employed by the college, outlined her battle with mental illness to the court further.

Justin Espie, prosecuting, told the court how just after midnight on October 17 police indicated for the defendant to pull over by switching on their emergency lights. The woman attempted to park three times, stalled twice, and finally came to a halt on an angle.

On first addressing the police officers she said: “I know I am going to be over.”

Said Mr Espie: “It is as early a guilty indication as you are ever going to get”.

Mr Pugh told the court that his client had no previous convictions and was taking medication for her depression and anxiety however that day had been “a bit of a down day”.

He said that his client had consumed alcohol at home before driving a short distance to a local garage, and Probation Officer Andrew Connah continued to explain that she had in fact gone to get some cigarettes.

He said that she was genuinely remorseful and had good insight into the potential ramifications of her drink driving and had now stopped drinking entirely.

Mr Pugh also highlighted the fact that the defendant was not pulled over due to her manner of driving, rather that her lights were not switched on.

“She is extremely embarrassed to be before the court and is remorseful,” he said.

Mr Connah also told the court that the defendant’s grandmother had recently passed away and that she had been very much like a mother to her. Living in her house, it had a significant impact on her mental health.

He went on to say that the woman had two degrees and suffered from mental health issues since she was a child. She had undertaken various therapies to address them and the college was very supportive of her. She was also very active in the community and in charge of certain charity works including the distribution of fruit to Chester’s homeless.

At the time of her drink driving she felt had not been coping very well and it coincided with a break in her counselling.

Magistrates banned the woman from driving for 22 months as well as fining her £365 and ordering her to pay £85 costs and a £36 surcharge.

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

Getting in contact with Carl and Millars Solicitors is really easy. You can call him FREE on 0800 999 5535 or in an emergency you can call on 07855 806119.

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Three-Year Ban And Suspended Sentence For Repeat Drink Driving Motorist

A Lancashire man has been banned from the roads after his latest in a string of drink driving offences.

In this latest incident on February 5, the first being back in 2001, he was found pulled over on a grass verge behind the wheel of his car.

When police officers breathalysed him, the driver was found to have 80mcg alcohol per 100ml breath. The legal limit is 35mcg.

Roger Brown, prosecuting, told the court: “An ambulance was driving along the road and came across the Vauxhall Astra. The car was parked half on the verge [and] the defendant was in the driving seat. The officers who spoke to the defendant described him as crying and there was a smell of alcohol. Neither of the officers made reference to there being drink in the car.”

Mitigating for the defendant, David Lawson explained that at the time of the offence his client was “effectively living in his car”. He had recently lost his mother and had a fall-out with his father – circumstances which had caused him much grief.

Mr Lawson said: “My client has had a traumatic part of his life. He has had problems with alcohol. Clearly, he has previous records. On this occasion, he was not in a good state of mind.”

The driver, who is now in full-time employment, pleaded guilty to drink driving. Magistrates sentenced him to 20 weeks in prison, suspended for 18 months, banned him from driving for three years, and imposed a fine of £620 plus a victim surcharge of £115.

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

Getting in contact with Carl and Millars Solicitors is really easy. You can call him FREE on 0800 999 5535 or in an emergency you can call on 07855 806119.

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Three Year Ban For Drug Driving Teen Caught Twice After Passing Test

A teenager has been banned from driving for three years after being caught drug driving twice in as many months, with the first just days after he passed his driving test.

A police officer spotted the 19-year-old driving his Renault Clio “erratically” in Cambridge on August 9.

Following the defendant as he drove home, the officer finally pulled him over and said that on opening the driver’s side door it “smelt strongly of cannabis”.

The teenager failed a roadside drug test and police took him to Parkside police station for blood tests which showed him to have 6.8mcg cannabis per litre of blood. The legal limit for drug driving is 2mcg.

After he was released pending further enquiries, police then spotted him again a few weeks later on October 14. One of the officers recognised his vehicle as one he had seen driving erratically the previous night but had been unable to pursue him at the time.

Once again, the court heard that the defendant was stopped and officers could again smell cannabis as soon as the door was opened.

The young man failed another roadside drugs test but refused to provide a specimen for analysis.

PC Edd Davidson Smith said: “This case highlights that, unfortunately, there are still people who think it is acceptable to drive under the influence of drugs.

“Those who do so risk not only their own lives but also those of any passengers and other road users.

“Driving while under the influence of either drugs or alcohol brings a much higher risk of a serious collision.”

The defendant pleaded guilty to drug driving and failing to provide a specimen for analysis. Magistrates ordered him to undertake 100 hours of unpaid work as part of a 12-month community order as well as ordering him to pay £170 costs. He was also banned from driving for three years.

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

Getting in contact with Carl and Millars Solicitors is really easy. You can call him FREE on 0800 999 5535 or in an emergency you can call on 07855 806119.

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