Coronation Street actress denies drink-driving

By Neil Logan

Actress Barbara Knox, aged 80 and known for her role on Coronation Street, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of drink driving at Macclesfield Magistrates' Court.

Mrs Knox appeared at court represented by solicitor Nick Freeman who has dealt with high profile celebrity driving offences in the past. The actress was charged on 4th April after a bizarre sequence of events that ended with her leaving a police station in her own car, being stopped after reversing a short distance, and testing as over the drink drive limit.

Mrs Knox had previously been a passenger in a car with her daughter Maxine Ashcroft. A member of the public contacted the police because they suspected that Ms Ashcroft was driving under the influence of alcohol. She was stopped by the police and she tested as being three times over the drink drive limit.

Police officers drove Mrs Knox to her home, but she showed up at the police station to see her daughter an hour later and officers thought that she appeared to be still intoxicated. They offered her a lift home and she declined. She was then seen getting into the driver's seat of a car and drove it a short distance. Police stopped the car and Mrs Knox failed a breath test. A blood sample contained 85 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres - the limit is 80 microgrammes.

The actress was released on bail and her trial will take place on 23rd July.

If you require legal advice from a Northern Ireland solicitor specialising in motoring offences contact Wilson Nesbitt in Belfast by calling 0800 840 0546.