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Ant and Dec pictured together for first time after drink-driving arrest

Popular TV presenters Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly have been pictured together for the first time after McPartlin was arrested for drink-driving in March.

A fan posted the picture on to social media on Monday after meeting the pair in London.

Many users commented on how 'healthy' McPartlin looked, after he has spent the past few weeks at a treatment facility to deal with his alcohol issues.

The 42-year-old was arrested on March 18 after failing a roadside breathalyser test following a collision between the Mini he was driving and two other cars.

The Metropolitan Police previously confirmed that a number of individuals were treated at the scene for minor injuries, and a child passenger from one of the cars was taken to hospital to be checked as a precaution.

The TV presenter pleaded guilty at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court last months and was fined £86,000. He was also banned from driving for 20 months.

Speaking on the court steps following sentencing McPartlin said: “I just want to say I’m truly sorry for what happened.

“High standards are expected of me, I expect them of myself. I’ve let myself down, I let a lot of people down. And for that I am truly sorry.

“I’d like apologise to everybody involved in the crash and I’m just thankful no-one was seriously hurt.”

Following his arrest, ITV announced the Saturday Night Takeaway host would step back from his TV commitments, with co-presenter Dec hosting the final two episodes of the show on his own.

McPartlinappeared alongside Donnelly on TV screens in recent weeks as Britain's Got Talent aired its pre-recorded audition shows.

But ITV confirmed Donnelly will be hosting the live shows without his TV partner of almost 30 years.

Donnelly attended the TV Bafta Awards in London on Sunday evening with his wife Ali Astall by his side.

The couple are expecting their first child.

Donnelly, 42, told the Daily Mirror that the news was “very exciting”, while Astall quipped: “I just wish it would come out now, that we could fast-forward to having the baby.

“We want to get on with it – we can’t wait.”

Britain’s Got Talent won best entertainment programme at the awards.

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