Corrie's Knox in court appearance

Braintree and Witham Times: Barbara Knox is to appear in court on a drink-driving charge. Barbara Knox is to appear in court on a drink-driving charge.

Coronation Street actress Barbara Knox will make her first appearance in court today accused of drink driving.

Knox - who plays the role of 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 they thought 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. She was bailed pending further inquiries until she too was charged on April 4.

Ashcroft, from Lechlade, Gloucestershire, was banned from driving for two years in a hearing at Macclesfield Magistrates' Court earlier this month.

Knox, from Knutsford, is due to attend the same court.

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