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  • 30 March 2014, 10:56

Coronation Street Star In Drink-Drive Arrest

Coronation Street actress Barbara Knox has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.

The 80-year-old, who plays Rita Tanner in the soap, was held after arriving at a police station to meet her daughter who had earlier been arrested for the same offence.

A spokeswoman for Cheshire Police said: "Police stopped a car in Hollow Lane, Knutsford, and a 56-year-old woman from Gloucestershire was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.

"An 80-year-old woman from Knutsford arrived at Knutsford police station and was also arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.

"She was bailed pending further inquiries."

The Sun reported that the actress and her daughter Maxine Ashcroft had been out for the afternoon and were pulled over by police as Ms Ashcroft drove her home.

Knox later confronted officers at the station, asking "Do you know who I am?", the paper said.

Ms Ashcroft was later charged with "driving when the alcohol level was above the limit".

She is due to appear at Macclesfield Magistrates' Court on April 2.

Knox is due to answer bail on April 4.

This year marks 50 years since she first appeared in the show as an exotic dancer.

A spokeswoman for ITV told Sky News the arrest was a "private and personal matter".