Cy­clist fights for life af­ter three-car crash

Southport Visiter - - Front Page - BY JAMIE LOPEZ [email protected]­ @jamie_lopez1

A SOUTH­PORT man will stand trial af­ter be­ing ac­cused of buy­ing a child sex doll on eBay.

Cus­toms of­fi­cials at East Mid­lands Air­port seized the doll, which was de­scribed as be­ing the size of a five-year-old, af­ter it had been shipped by a seller in Hong Kong.

An­thony Tay­lor, 33, of Lord Street, pleaded not guilty to im­proper im­por­ta­tion of an in­de­cent or ob­scene ar­ti­cle, claim­ing to have at­tempted to or­der an adult sex doll.

In the UK, adult sex dolls are le­gal, while im­port­ing a child sex doll con­sti­tutes a breach of cus­toms laws.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Daryl Pol­lard told South Sefton Mag­is­trates’ Court that cus­toms of­fi­cials in­ter­cepted the doll in Septem­ber 2016 and be­lieved it was in­dica­tive of the size of a five-yearold.

De­fend­ing, Natalie Byrne said: “He or­dered an item from eBay and did so not know­ing it was ob­scene.

“He be­lieved it was an adult sex doll which is not il­le­gal.”

She said that po­lice vis­ited Tay­lor at his home af­ter the sex doll was in­ter­cepted at cus­toms.

“One he was made aware, he con­tacted the seller on eBay to raise his con­cerns.

“When he was shown the item at a po­lice sta­tion he was hor­ri­fied by what he saw.”

Tay­lor, who was dressed in leather jacket and jeans, pleaded not guilty and will next ap­pear at Liver­pool Crown Court on De­cem­ber 20 for a plea and trial prepa­ra­tion.

ACYCLIST was left fight­ing for his life af­ter a crash in­volv­ing three cars. The man, 25, suf­fered crit­i­cal head in­juries when he was knocked off his bike on Satur­day evening.

Two men were ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of caus­ing se­ri­ous in­jury by dan­ger­ous driv­ing af­ter the cars and bike crashed at about 7.45pm on Lul­worth Road.

Emer­gency ser­vices were called to the scene amid re­ports that a grey Seat Leon Cupra, a black Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA and a blue Mercedes-Benz C Class car had been in col­li­sion, be­fore a man was knocked from his bi­cy­cle.

The driver of the Seat and blue Mercedes stopped at the scene, but the black Mercedes AMG CLA was driven off in the di­rec­tion of South­port town cen­tre.

Po­lice found the driver a short while later that evening.

A 25-year-old man from Banks and a 26-year-old man from Boo­tle were sub­se­quently ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of caus­ing se­ri­ous in­jury by dan­ger­ous driv­ing and taken for in­ter­view.

A Mersey­side po­lice spokesman said: “Any­one who wit­nessed the in­ci­dent, has any in­for­ma­tion, or was pass­ing at the time and has dash­cam footage is asked to con­tact Mersey­side po­lice.

“Of­fi­cers are par­tic­u­larly keen to speak to any­one who may have seen the Seat Leon and black Mercedes be­ing driven in the min­utes be­fore the in­ci­dent.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is urged to con­tact po­lice ei­ther through so­cial me­dia or by call­ing 101 and quot­ing in­ci­dent ref­er­ence 18400045443.

Al­ter­na­tively, con­tact the in­de­pen­dent char­ity Crimestop­pers anony­mously, on 0800 555 111.

Po­lice at the scene of the crash in Birk­dale

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