Anthea lays down law in mo­tor row

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - BY JA­NINE YAQOOB TV Ed­i­tor

TV star Anthea Turner looks de­ter­mined to make her case af­ter getting in­volved in a mo­tor­ing ar­gu­ment.

A black cab driver had claimed that the for­mer Blue Peter star, 58, pranged his car in Knights­bridge, West Lon­don.

Po­lice ar­rived and spoke to them both sep­a­rately – and quickly es­tab­lished there had been a mis­un­der­stand­ing.

Po­lice said: “A taxi driver ap­proached po­lice af­ter re­port­ing that his ve­hi­cle had been dam­aged by the driver of an­other car who had al­legedly failed to stop. Of­fi­cers spoke to both the taxi driver and the driver of the other ve­hi­cle.

“Upon fur­ther in­spec­tion the taxi driver was sat­is­fied that no dam­age to his ve­hi­cle had been sus­tained. No com­plaints were made and no fur­ther action was taken.”

Anthea was last seen in C5’s Celebs In Soli­tary in Septem­ber – and told of how liv­ing on her own af­ter her split from Grant Bovey had pre­pared her for the show.

year, Corky went pub­lic with the se­crets of their re­la­tion­ship.

But Shirley bears no grudge, say­ing: “I think he re­gret­ted writ­ing it. We moved on and I adore him as he’s the fa­ther of my son.”

Shirley ad­mits it can be tough bat­tling “male bul­lies” in a man’s in­dus­try and hails the sup­port of a cir­cle of close friends.

They in­clude her best pal of 30 years Terri – whose house we are at to­day.

Shirley says: “I have a pol­icy. I have five re­ally good friends to con­fide in.

“I met Terri in the play­ground with our kids when we were young mums. She’s fol­lowed me ev­ery­where watch­ing my danc­ing. And I stay at hers when I do Strictly. It’s a safe place. In my in­dus­try the green-eyed mon­ster is very preva­lent and dom­i­nated with men at the top who are bul­lies.


“I have to be strong. But I’m not very good at let­ting peo­ple in.”

On that note, while Shirley con­fesses to be­ing lonely af­ter be­ing sin­gle for three years, she is in no hurry to find a man – and says she en­joys fill­ing her time with trips to the gym.

“I can go and just be my­self in a track­suit and no make-up,” she says.

The con­ver­sa­tion re­turns to her mum as Shirley talks about her de­but. She says:

“Mum would cri­tique my out­fits. She still does. I call her every week at 5pm to see if she likes my hair and make-up with the whole team stand­ing there.

She tells them: ‘I don’t like those bits, what’s go­ing on there? Oh, you look lovely to­day’. If I’m wear­ing a long dress she says ‘why have they hid­den those lovely legs?’

“Last sea­son was funny as she would tell me to do her a twirl. I al­ways did.”

Shirley has a home in LA but will spend Christ­mas in the UK – and

make her panto de­but in Liver­pool as Mother Na­ture in Jack and the Beanstalk. Son Mark, who ap­pears on Danc­ing With The Stars and is a star of Broad­way mu­si­cals, will fly in from the US.

Shirley adds: “He’s so busy so him com­ing is like a lit­tle di­a­mond. And with Mum be­ing ill I am grate­ful for every mo­ment I can spend with her.

“We are here for five min­utes and then we are gone, so I try to live every mo­ment to the full.”

WELL, OF­FI­CER.. Anthea gives her ex­pla­na­tion to cops GES­TURE Star shrugs to­ward the pa­trol car DIS­PUTE Anthea with po­lice in Knights­bridge

NO HARM DONE Anthea holds hands up

IT’S SHIRL POWER... TV star and trea­sured mum Au­drey

DE­BUT Ready for panto

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