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<b>News of the day in so many words</b>...Tuedsay June 30: Gas and air doctor, missing Mersey Docks man identified and more

Published on June 30th 2009.

A DOCTOR at Ormskirk District General Hospital has admitted to inhaling gas and air while on duty on the children’s ward, a panel has heard. Dr Jonathan Chahal, 33, was caught using the gas in the resuscitation room of the hospital, and persuaded four female nurses to inhale it too. The senior paediatrician said how the Entonox, used to alleviate labour pains, made him “feel floaty”, but the panel heard how the gas can alter the user’s perception for up to 12 hours after it is taken.

A BODY found in a Merseyside dock has been confirmed as that of a missing Mersey Docks and Harbour Co boss. Bernard Cook, 54, vanished four years ago from his workplace where he was estates director. A car containing his body was pulled from the Sandon Half Tide Dock in Regent Road in May. Dental records were used to identify the married father of two.

A CHILDREN'S charity worker has appeared at Liverpool Magistrates Court charged with possessing child pornography. Matthew Byrne, 37, from Wallasey, who runs the runs the Young Person’s Advisory Service in Liverpool, was arrested following a police raid on his home last week. Charges include false imprisonment, sexual assault, assault and possession of an indecent picture of a child. Byrne has not made an application for bail.

LIVERPOOL saw its visiting numbers increase last year by 28 per cent, with an estimated 1m people visiting the city, Liverpool’s advantage of being named 2008’s European Capital of Culture is credited for the city’s “stellar performance”.

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