Corrie actress Barbara Knox in drink-drive arrest

Barbara Knox Barbara Knox, 80, plays Rita Tanner in the ITV soap

Coronation Street actress Barbara Knox was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving, it has emerged.

Ms Knox, 80, who plays Rita Tanner in the ITV soap, was held at a police station in Knutsford, Cheshire, on 10 March.

She had gone there after her daughter, Maxine Ashcroft, 56, was earlier arrested for the same offence.

Her daughter has since been charged with "driving when the alcohol level was above the limit".

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."

A Coronation Street spokeswoman said the arrest was a personal matter.

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