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.