Soap star Knox, 80, denies drink driving

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

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

Knox , who plays Rita Tanner in the ITV 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 Jaguar vehicle driven by her daughter, Maxine Ashcroft, 56.

The car was stopped by police after a member of the public reported suspecting the driver was under the influence of alcohol.

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 in 100 ml of blood .

The legal limit is 80.

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

In court yesterday, Knox confirmed her name, date of birth and address.

She told District Judge Bridget Knight that she understood the charge. She added: “I am pleading not guilty.”

She was later granted unconditional bail until the trial date of July 23 at the same court.