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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Corrie star Knox's drink-drive trial delayed

The trial of Coronation Street actress Barbara Knox for allegedly drink-driving has been further delayed.

The 80-year-old, who plays Rita Tanner in the ITV soap, did not attend Macclesfield Magistrates Court yesterday. A date was set for a further hearing in October.

The actress (inset) denied the charge at an earlier hearing, when she was represented by Nick 'Mr Loophole' Freeman. Tim Ashmole, representing Ms Knox yesterday, asked for a further hearing following a defence analysis of toxicology procedures.

Ms Knox was charged following an incident in Cheshire, on March 10.

A blood sample gave an alcohol reading of 85 micrograms per 100 millilitres - the legal limit is 80.

Ms Knox was said to have been a passenger in a Jaguar driven by her daughter, Maxine Ashcroft (56).

The car was stopped by police after a member of the public said they thought the driver was under the influence of alcohol.

Ashcroft was found to be nearly three times the legal limit.

The veteran actress later arrived at the police station and was herself arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.

Ashcroft, from Lechlade, Gloucestershire, was later banned from driving for two years.

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