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Coronation Street actress Barbara Knox has admitted drink-driving (Peter Byrne/PA Wire)

Coronation Street actress Barbara Knox has admitted drink-driving (Peter Byrne/PA Wire)

Coronation Street actress Barbara Knox has admitted drink-driving (Peter Byrne/PA Wire)

Coronation Street actress Barbara Knox has admitted drink-driving.

The 81-year-old, who plays Rita Tanner in the ITV soap, entered a guilty plea at Crewe Magistrates' Court yesterday.

Knox was charged following an incident in Knutsford, Cheshire, on March 10 last year. A sample of blood was taken which gave an alcohol reading of 85mg per 100ml of blood - the legal limit is 80mg.

The actress, represented by solicitor Nick 'Mr Loophole' Freeman, had denied the offence last April and was due to go on trial next month. It was said on her behalf yesterday that she "bitterly regrets" the incident.

Knox, from Mere, Cheshire, was said to have been a passenger in a Jaguar vehicle driven by her 56-year-old daughter Maxine Ashcroft.

The car was stopped by police after a member of the public reported that they thought the driver was under the influence of alcohol. Ashcroft was found to be nearly three times the legal limit when she gave a breathalyser reading at Middlewich police station. When Knox drove to the station later to see her daughter, she was tested by police for drink driving, and found to be over the limit.

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