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Robin Hood star charged over 'drunk and disorderly conduct"

Jonas Armstrong, star of the BBC's Robin Hood series, has been charged with drunk and disorderly conduct after allegedly knocking on neighbours' doors and yelling: "It's me... Robin Hood!"

The 29-year-old actor was arrested after a night out with friends in the seaside town of Blackpool, Lancs, last month.

He took a 2am taxi journey to his mother's home in nearby Lytham St Annes. The alleged incident took place in the street.

Police were called and charged Armstrong with being drunk and disorderly in a public place.

He was due to appear before magistrates in Blackpool yesterday but did not turn up to answer the charge. Instead, he sent a letter explaining that he was attending an audition in London.

A spokesman for Armstrong said: "The Crown Prosecution Service will be contacted. It is hoped that the matter can be dealt with without the need for it to go to court, perhaps by way of a caution."

Armstrong was an unknown before he was cast as Robin Hood in the Saturday night show, which ended in July last year after three series. He has since appeared in The Street and an episode of Miss Marple.

A spokesman for the taxi firm which ferried Armstrong on April 26, the night of the alleged incident said: "Jonas is a customer of ours. Things have been sorted out and he remains a customer."

© Telegraph.co.uk