Mark Lamarr's assault and false imprisonment charges dropped

Case dropped on eve of court appearance

Tuesday 02 October 2018 01:29
The comedian was due to appear at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday
The comedian was due to appear at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday

Mark Lamarr, the former Never Mind The Buzzcocks host, has had charges of common assault and false imprisonment of a woman dropped on the eve of his court appearance.

The comedian, 51, was due to appear at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, but the CPS said on Monday night that the case had been discontinued.

“We have a duty to keep cases under continuing review and, following a further review of this case, we concluded that there was insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction,” a spokeswoman said.

The complainant has the right to appeal the decision over the allegations relating to 31 August under the victim’s right to review scheme.

Lamarr, born in Swindon as Mark Jones, was a fixture on TV screen in the 1990s and also starred in The Word, The Big Breakfast and Shooting Stars.

He hosted Never Mind The Buzzcocks from 1996 to 2005, before being replaced by Simon Amstell for the 19th season of the BBC show.

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