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Corrie star's trial delayed again

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 today, where a date was set for a further hearing in October before a trial date is set.

The actress denied the charge at an earlier hearing, when she was represented by Nick "Mr Loophole" Freeman.

Tim Ashmole, representing Knox today, asked for a further hearing in October following a defence analysis of the prosecution's toxicology procedures.

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

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

Knox 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 the legal limit when she gave a breathalyser reading at Middlewich police station.

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

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

District Judge Bridget Knight set a date for a further case management hearing for Knox at Crewe Magistrates' Court on October 6.

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