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Update: Merseyside Police react to David Gibson sentence

Jailed: David Gibson Credit: Linda Roughly

Merseyside Police have confirmed that Temporary Sergeant David Gibson has been sentenced to two-and-a-half year months after being found guilty of misconduct in public office following a thorough and extensive investigation by the Force's Anti Corruption Unit (ACU), managed by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

The charge related to allegations that Gibson, 44 years, had abused his position by forcing a sex worker to perform a sex act, or face arrest, whilst on duty.

Deputy Chief Constable Andy Cooke, said:

"Gibson has today been found guilty by a jury of wilful misconduct in a public office and at no point during the judicial process did he admit that his behaviour was wholly unacceptable and that he had taken advantage of a vulnerable woman. This was a complete dereliction of duty and is not acceptable on any level.

"He was on duty and was there to protect our communities, not to satisfy his own needs. He was in a position of trust and he abused that trust, we expect all of our officers and staff to uphold the highest standards of integrity and he fell well short of those standards.

"It is vital that we as a police force maintain the public’s trust and confidence and ensure that officers and staff throughout the force realise the importance of maintaining standards and working with honesty and integrity."

"The majority of people who work for Merseyside Police do a really good job day in, day out, and joined the force to serve our communities with compassion and integrity. Sadly the actions of Gibson have the propensity to seriously undermine the good work being carried out by officers across the force.

"The public quite rightly have high expectations of police officers and Merseyside Police is committed to meeting those expectations by demanding high standards of professionalism, honesty and integrity."

– DCC Cooke

Watch: Could driverless cars be made on the Isle of Man?

The days of driverless cars are almost upon us as big manufacturers are spending a lot of money developing an idea that would have seemed impossible just a few years ago.

And now the Isle of Man may be where such cars are tested. Manx officials believe it could bring investment from across the globe onto the island.

Our correspondent Rob Smith reports.

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Watch: Blackpool Zoo celebrates the Chinese year of the Monkey

Blackpool Zoo is celebrating the start of the Chinese Year of the Monkey Credit: Blackpool Zoo

Blackpool Zoo is celebrating the start of the Chinese Year of the Monkey by releasing some stunning pictures and footage of some of its most popular primates.

Blackpool Zoo is celebrating the start of the Chinese Year of the Monkey Credit: Blackpool Zoo

All these cheeky monkeys call Blackpool home and are looking forward to welcoming visitors this year.

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Liverpool ticket row: Fans asked to walk out due to ticket prices

Fans are being asked to walk out during Liverpool's match at Anfield tomorrow in protest at the club's new ticket prices.

Supporters' groups are calling for people to leave in the 77th minute of the match against Sunderland to show how unhappy they are.

This all comes after Liverpool announced that some match day tickets next season will cost 77 pounds.

David Chisnall has this report.

Louis van Gaal believes Man United can still win the title

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal feels his side can still win the title this season.

Van Gaal feels United played some "sparkling football" in the midweek win over Stoke and another victory at Chelsea on Sunday would reignite their campaign.

His comments come less than a fortnight after a dismal loss to Southampton that saw United and Van Gaal booed at Old Trafford and intensified speculation over his future.

But United got back to winning ways with victory at Derby in the FA Cup and then switched to a more attacking style to brush Stoke aside 3-0.

They are still 10 points behind Barclays Premier League leaders Leicester but Van Gaal claims the gap is not insurmountable.

He said: "I have the feeling that when we shall beat Chelsea - and that is not simple, that is very difficult, since Guus Hiddink has been there they don't lose any more - I think our competition, our league is starting again. That is very important.

"The competition is not yet finished, not for Manchester United or the other teams.

"We have the feeling, and that's because we are winning twice in a row and with sparkling football - with goals and clean sheets, against opponents who were in great form. Stoke City played Liverpool off the pitch in the Capital One Cup but they lost on penalties."

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Watch: Why did the donkey go to a Wirral pharmacy? It was feeling a little horse

Why did the donkey go to a Wirral pharmacy? It was feeling a little horse Credit: Tracie Gouldson

Staff in a chemist on the Wirral got an unusual surprise when a 2-and-a-half-foot donkey wandered through the automatic doors just before they were due to close.

Staff member of Prenton Dell Pharmacy, Tracie Gouldson, said:

"It just trotted through our electric doors at 6pm. It was only about 2-and-a-half-foot tall.

"We were feeding it imperial mints because you give horses Polo Mints, don't you?"

– Tracie Gouldson
Little donkey: staff at Wirral pharmacy had a surprise visitor Credit: Tracie Gouldson

Another staff member, Jane Burns, got a pair of tights off the shelf and made a lasso for their little visitor to make sure it didn't make a run for it.

Staff eventually had to call police who said that unless it was a drug mule they wouldn't be able to do anything.

Police also asked if the donkey was a little horse and that may be why it visited the pharmacy.

Eventually a member of staff from the Medical Centre next door recognised it and contacted its owners who revealed it was a little girl called Hotay, as in, Donkeyhotay.

She was reunited with her owners.

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