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Ant McPartlin due in court on drink driving charge

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    Ant McPartlinImage copyright PA
    Image caption Mr McPartlin has stepped down from his TV work for the time being

    TV presenter Ant McPartlin is due to appear in court later charged with drink driving.

    Mr McPartlin was scheduled to appear at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court on 4 April but the hearing was adjourned.

    He was charged after allegedly being involved in a collision with two other cars while driving his Mini in Richmond, London, on 18 March.

    After the incident, his publicist confirmed the presenter was taking time off from his TV commitments.

    A drink driving conviction could lead to a driving ban of at least a year, an unlimited fine and up to six months in prison.

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    Image caption Ant and Dec have worked together since they were children

    Mr McPartlin, 42, is currently seeking rehabilitation treatment.

    The Britain’s Got Talent and Saturday Night Takeaway star first entered a rehabilitation centre in June 2017, after developing an addiction to prescription painkillers following a knee operation in 2015.

    He later said he was “overwhelmed” by the public support.

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    Image caption Dec (centre) was joined by Scarlett Moffatt and Stephen Mulhern on Saturday Night Takeaway

    Co-presenter Declan Donnelly hosted the final two episodes of Saturday Night Takeaway alone and will also host Britain’s Got Talent on his own, although McPartlin was seen on the ITV show over the weekend as the talent show aired its pre-recorded audition shows.

    He and Donnelly have established themselves as one of Britain’s most popular TV double acts over the course of their careers and, for the 17th consecutive year, were voted by viewers as TV’s best entertainment presenters at the National Television Awards in January.

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