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Officer jailed for killing teen; POLICE.

A traffic officer who drove his patrol car at 94mph without blue lights or sirens moments before knocking down and killing a schoolgirl has been convicted of causing death by dangerous driving.

Hayley Adamson, 16, was sent flying through the air and died instantly when she was hit by Pc John Dougal's powerful Volvo estate car on a 30mph stretch of road in a residential area of Newcastle's

West End last May. The 41-year-old officer was convicted of causing death by dangerous driving following a five-day trial at Newcastle Crown Court.

Retired police inspector and police driving standards expert Gordon Robertson said he "could not imagine" a situation where Dougal should have accelerated to such a speed, without his blue lights or siren, as he was about to enter a residential area..
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