Ant ‘truly sorry’ for crash

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TV PRESENTER Ant Mc­partlin has said he was “ashamed and mor­ti­fied” af­ter crash­ing his car while drink driv­ing with his mum in the pas­sen­ger seat.

The 42-year-old, pic­tured, was banned from driv­ing for 20 months and fined £86,000 af­ter plead­ing guilty to driv­ing while more than twice the le­gal limit. The court heard Mc­partlin had been seek­ing help for “al­co­hol and emo­tional is­sues” at the time of the crash in Rich­mond, Lon­don, on March 18. Pros­e­cu­tor Katie Sin­nett-jones told Wim­ble­don Mag­is­trates’ Court the in­ci­dent hap­pened at around 3.50pm when Mc­partlin drove his Mini around a “sharp bend and lost con­trol” then ended up on the wrong side of the road. He col­lided with an­other Mini Cooper be­fore driv­ing “straight into the front of an on­com­ing car”. Speak­ing out­side the court, Mc­partlin said: “I’m truly sorry for what hap­pened. “High stan­dards are ex­pected of me, I ex­pect them of my­self. I’ve let my­self down, I let a lot of peo­ple down. ”

WELSH rock band Manic Street Preach­ers could claim their first num­ber one on the UK al­bum chart in nearly two decades. Their lat­est of­fer­ing, Re­sis­tance Is Fu­tile, looks set to claim the top spot, ac­cord­ing to the Of­fi­cial Charts Com­pany.

If the band’s al­bum, their 13th to date, can lead the way through to Fri­day, it would be their first num­ber one al­bum since This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours reached the top po­si­tion on the al­bum chart in 1998. The Man­ics are 4,000 com­bined sales ahead of The Great­est Show­man sound­track.

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