Netizen 24 GBR: Ant McPartlin in court LIVE: TV presenter pleads guilty to 'drink-driving' charge following London collision

By On April 16, 2018

Ant McPartlin in court LIVE: TV presenter pleads guilty to 'drink-driving' charge following London collision

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TV presenter Ant McPartlin has pleaded guilty at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court to drink-driving.

The 42-year-old was charged by postal requisition on March 21 after allegedly being involved in a collision with two other cars while he was driving his Mini in Richmond, west London, on March 18.

After he was charged, ITV announced the Saturday Night Takeaway host would step back from his TV commitments, with co-presenter Declan Donnelly hosting the final two episodes of the show on his own.

McPartlin appeared alongside Donnelly on TV screens over the weekend as Britain's Got Talent aired i ts pre-recorded audition shows.

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  • Watch the moment Ant arrives at court
  • Ant McPartlin arrives at Magistrates' Court
  • Ant McPartlin due in court
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Apologised to police

The prosecution says that McPartlin has apologised to police for what he has done, and admitted that he has a problem with alcohol and “emotional issues”.

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More than twice the limit

The star blew a breathalyser reading of 75mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath â€" the legal limit is 35 mcg.

TV presenter Anthony McPartlin arrives at The Court House in Wimbledon, LondonTV presenter Anthony McPartlin arrives at The Court House in Wimbledon, London
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What could Ant's sentence be?

It is likely that sentence will be passed on the same day - as happened with Wayne Rooney last September.

If this happens, the punishment could be to impose a driving ban, slap Ant with an unlimited fine and even impose a jail sentence (although this rarely happens).

KEY EVENT

Ant pleads guilty to drink-driving

Ant McPartlin has pleaded guilty to drink-driving.

The court hears McPartlin lost control of his Mini car and then failed a roadside breath test.

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Ant now in the dock

The hearing is listed for 2pm - Ant McPartlin has now entered court seven at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court.

He is reportedly in the dock and staring straight ahead.

KEY EVENT

Watch the moment Ant arrives at court

This is the moment Ant arrived outside the court and made his way past the press.

He is due to appear before magistrates shortly.

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Scrum of photographers outside court

The 42-year-old, wearing a black suit and white shirt, faced a scrum of photographers and reporters as he walked up the steps at the main entrance to the court building in south-west London, which was guarded by seven police officers.

Ant McPartlin arrives at Wimbledon Magistrates Court on April 16, 2018 in London
Ant McPartlin arrives at Wimbledon Magistrates Court on April 16, 2018 in London

He hasn’t been out in public for nearly four weeks, and it’s not thought his telly partner Declan Donnelly or his estranged wife Lisa Armstrong have been to visit hi m at the clinic.

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Ant will be asked for plea

The 42-year-old I’m A Celebrity host looked sombre as he walked into the building flanked by his legal team.

He will be asked to confirm his name and address by the court clerk, who will also read out the charge.

Ant will then be asked whether he pleads guilty or not guilty to the offence of drink-driving.

KEY EVENT

Ant McPartlin arrives at Magistrates' Court

Ant McPartlin has arrived at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court ahead of his hearing for one charge of drink-driving.

The Saturday Night Takeaway presenter was seen striding into the building before proceedings start at 2pm.

TV presenter Anthony McPartlin steps from a vehicle as he arrivies at The Court House in Wimbledon, London to face charges of d   rink driving
TV presenter Anthony McPartlin steps from a vehicle as he arrivies at The Court House in Wimbledon, London to face charges of drink driving

It’s the first time he’s been seen in public since voluntarily checking himself into rehab to tackle his problem with alcohol on March 21 - three days after he allegedly crashed his car into two other vehicles in south west London.

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Collision with two other cars

Ant was arrested after being involved in a collision with two other cars while driving his Mini in Richmond, south west London, on March 18, one of which was carrying a four-year-old girl.

It is alleged that the star “drove a motor vehicle, namely a Black Mini… after consuming so much alcohol that the proportion of it in your breath, namely 75 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, exceeded the prescribed limit”.

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Seven pol ice officers outside court

A huge security presence is now outside Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court where McPartlin is due to attend.

At least seven police officers wearing hi-vis and helmets waited outside the entrance.

And a host of photographers and reporters are gathered on the pavement outside the court for their first glimpse of the TV star.

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Dec hosted Saturday Night Takeaway alone

Dec went solo for the penultimate show and finale of Saturday Night Takeaway in Orlando, Florida.

Saturday Night Takeaway being presented by Dec on his own without sidekick Ant McPartlin
Saturday Night Takeaway being presented by Dec on his own without sidekick Ant McPartlin

His first solo stint was a hit, drawing in an average of 7.7 million viewers - a 39% a udience share - peaking at 8.6 million.

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Car deal with duo axed

Suzuki has axed its advertising deal with Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, two days after McPartlin was charged with drink-driving.

A statement from the car company said: “Suzuki are withdrawing their advertising campaign with Ant & Dec. No further material featuring the duo will be aired and Suzuki’s endorsement deal with the pair has come to an end.

Anthony 'Ant' McPartlin
Anthony 'Ant' McPartlin

“We agree with ITV and Ant & Dec that it was the correct decision not to broadcast Saturday Night Takeaway this weekend. As a car brand we recognise the seriousness of Ant’s charge. We completely support Ant’s decision to seek treatment.”

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Stepping down from TV shows

ITV bosses have confirmed that Dec will host the Britain’s Got Talent live shows on his own.

Following his arrest, McPartlin announced that he was stepping down from his TV commitments for the “foreseeable future” and would be going back to rehab.

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Ant's emotional return to TV this weekend

Ant McPartlin had an emotional return to Saturday night television this weekend.

Declan Donnelly’s co-host was brought to tears as he returned to TV screens, pressing the golden buzzer for a Britain’s Got Talent act.

Magician Marc Spelmann, from north London, wowed Ant and Dec with his emotional trick, which also featured a Rubik’s cube, crayons, and his wife’s favourite book.

In a touching moment, Spelmann said the real magic was the birth of his daughter, who was born through IVF, as he shocked the audience with the elaborate trick which involved a video of the youngster matching choices the judges had made.

Ant was left in tears by Marc's touching performance
Ant was left in tears by Marc's touching performance

In pre-recorded scenes filmed in January, Ant and Dec ran out from the side of the stage to press the golden buzzer, sending Spelmann straight through to the live semi-finals.

The pair were united on screen for the first time since Ant was charged with drink-driving in March and took time off from his TV commitments to check into rehab.

KEY EVENT

Ant McPartlin due in court

TV presenter Ant McPartlin is due to appear in court today.

Ant McPartlin leaving his mother's home in Chiswic   k
Ant McPartlin leaving his mother's home in Chiswick

The 42-year-old had been scheduled to appear at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court on April 4, but the hearing was adjourned.

McPartlin was charged by postal requisition on March 21 after allegedly being involved in a collision with two other cars while he was driving his Mini in Richmond, west London, on March 18.

The case is due to get under way at 2pm.

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