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<b>Thursday Sept 24:</b> Complaints against police on the up, Andre mobbed at Asda, MP Hesford quits in protest, and watch out for uninsured drivers

Published on September 24th 2009.

COMPLAINTS AGAINST MERSEYSIDE POLICE have gone up by more than one third in the past year from 665 to 904 - the biggest increase in the country outside of London.

And the complaints contained 1,727 allegations – a rise of 85 percent, the largest increase of any police force.

Most allegations related to officers being rude and impolite, the Independent Police Complaints Commission said.

POP STAR Peter Andre was greeted by thousands of screaming girls when he came to the Bootle Asda yesterday.

The ex-Mr Katie Price was signing copies of his new album, Revelation in a whistle-stop tour of North West Asdas. Some people camped out from five in the morning to get a grab of him.

MERSEYSIDE HAS ONE OF THE WORST figures in the country for the number of uninsured drivers. The Motor Insurers' Bureau, which compensates people in accidents with uninsured drivers, estimates over 1.7m people drove without cover in 2008.

The study found that over 12 percent of drivers in Merseyside did not have cover. The MIB’s chief executive described the figures revealed by the research as "staggering".

A LABOUR MP HAS RESIGNED as a Parliamentary aide in protest at Baroness Scotland remaining in her job.

Stephen Hesford, MP for Wirral West, has stepped down as private secretary to Minister Vera Baird following Baroness Scotland's £5,000 fine for breaking employment laws, after she hired an illegal immigrant as a cleaner.

He said her position had become untenable and that it was wrong that she remained in post.

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