Thursday 23 November 2017

'Corrie' star Knox denies drink driving

Coronation Street actress Barbara Knox arrives at Macclesfield Magistrates' Court
Coronation Street actress Barbara Knox arrives at Macclesfield Magistrates' Court
Barbara Knox

Kim Pilling

'Coronation Street' actress Barbara Knox has pleaded not guilty to drink driving.

The actress, who was represented by solicitor Nick "Mr Loophole" Freeman, entered the plea when she appeared at Macclesfield Magistrates' Court.

Knox , who plays Rita Tanner in the soap, was charged following an incident in Knutsford, Cheshire, on March 10. The 80-year-old was said to have been a passenger in a vehicle driven by her daughter, Maxine Ashcroft (56). Ashcroft was found to be nearly three times over the legal limit when she gave a breathalyser reading at Middlewich police station.

The veteran actress later arrived at the station and was arrested herself on suspicion of drink driving. A sample of her blood was taken, which gave an alcohol reading of 85 micrograms per 100 milliletres of blood – the legal limit being 80.

Ashcroft, from Lechlade, Gloucestershire, was banned from driving for two years in a hearing at the same court earlier this month.

Knox was granted unconditional bail until the trial date of July 23. (© PA)

Irish Independent

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