Simon Gregson ‘police investigation dropped’ after he was quizzed by cops over boozy altercation


Simon Gregson is reportedly due to have no further action taken against him by cops after he was quizzed in the back of a police van following an altercation between two men at a Toby Carvery in Aintree earlier this month.  

The Coronation Street actor, 47, was at The Rocking Horse pub opposite the racecourse after Aintree Ladies Day having enjoyed some time at one of the course’s luxury suites earlier in the day.

He was pictured in the back of a police van in the car park of the pub and it was later claimed he apologised to ITV bosses for his actions.

The end: Simon Gregson is reportedly due to have no further action taken against him by cops after he was quizzed following an altercation between two men at a Toby Carvery in Aintree earlier this month (pictured on the day)

A pal of Simon’s told The Sun: ‘Simon has been told there will be no further action taken by the cops following the ruckus in the Toby Carvery.

‘It is naturally a welcome relief for Simon and those around him. Simon knows his antics haven’t looked, or been, great and he made it clear to Corrie it won’t happen again.’

MailOnline has contacted representatives for Simon, ITV and Merseyside Police for comment. 

'He was acting pretty wildly': It came after Simon was reportedly kicked out of his co-star's leaving party in Manchester by bouncers after dancing shirtless on furniture

‘He was acting pretty wildly’: It came after Simon was reportedly kicked out of his co-star’s leaving party in Manchester by bouncers after dancing shirtless on furniture

A spokesperson for Toby Carvery Aintree told MailOnline of the incident at the time: ‘We can confirm there was an incident at the restaurant on Friday night which was reported to the police. We are fully co-operating with the police inquiry.’  

According to the Mirror, police spoke to Simon as he sat in the back of their van in the car park of The Rocking Horse after the altercation inside the pub.

A source told the publication: ‘There was a bust-up and bouncers kicked him out – they pinned him to the ground before the police arrived. He was taken to the police van and spoken to for some time. It was all very messy.’  

Friends in high places: Simon was with Princess Anne’s daughter Zara Tindall and her ex-England rugby captain husband Mike at Aintree Ladies Day before the Toby Carvery incident

Friends in high places: Simon was with Princess Anne’s daughter Zara Tindall and her ex-England rugby captain husband Mike at Aintree Ladies Day before the Toby Carvery incident

A police spokesperson added to the newspaper: ‘We can confirm Merseyside Police were in attendance at the Rocking Horse pub on Grand National Avenue, Aintree.

‘At around 9.20pm we received a report two men were involved in an altercation inside the pub. No injuries were reported and the victim declined to make a formal complaint to police. Inquiries are ongoing.’

Earlier in the day, Simon was seen with the likes of Princess Anne’s daughter Zara Tindall, 40, and her ex-England rugby captain husband Mike, 43.

It was later claimed Simon was ‘hauled in to an emergency meeting by Coronation Street bosses after the incident

He was allegedly given a talking to in a bid to get him to keep his behaviour in check on nights out, according to a report.  

Hilarious: An onlooker said of the earlier incident: 'He was the life and soul of the party but took it a bit far and it annoyed the bar staff and bouncers in the end' (pictured, centre, with Alexandra and her boyfriend Joe Parker, far left)

Hilarious: An onlooker said of the earlier incident: ‘He was the life and soul of the party but took it a bit far and it annoyed the bar staff and bouncers in the end’ (pictured, centre, with Alexandra and her boyfriend Joe Parker, far left)

A source told The Sun: ‘Simon is one of Corrie’s longest-serving stars and is loved on set, but that doesn’t mean he has carte blanche to behave however he likes.

‘Bosses have told Simon his recent behaviour is not ok and it’s not a good look for the soap.

‘They’ve warned him to clean up his act. Simon apologised and told them he’d be on his best behaviour from now on.’ 

It came after Simon was reportedly ordered by bouncers to head home from his on-screen daughter Alexandra Mardell’s leaving party in Manchester’s Deansgate district in February.

In footage obtained by The Sun, the soap star could be seen dancing shirtless on furniture after becoming ‘a bit merry’.

Simon allegedly directed his fury towards the security staff with an expletive-filled rant after they attempted to kick him out of the venue.

An onlooker told the publication ‘He was the life and soul of the party but took it a bit far and it annoyed the bar staff and bouncers in the end.’

A lip-reading expert told the publication Simon he appeared to be saying ‘f**k’ and ‘f**k you’ to the two members of staff before assuring: ‘I will get down.’  

The star – who plays character Steve McDonald in the soap – had been partying with Corrie’s Katie McGlynn at the showbiz bash.

She allegedly stepped in-between her pal and the bouncer in a bid to cool down the situation, later posting a beaming photo of herself in an unmissable yellow dress alongside Alexandra, who plays Emma Booker in the ITV favourite.

The source continued: ‘Simon was acting pretty wildly — but more in the sense that he was in high spirits and getting carried away.

‘The crowd were laughing and cheering, with a lot of people egging him on, and most people there saw the funny side. But some clubbers were shouting abuse at him as well, which was unnecessary.’

Gang: Elle Mulvaney (far left) Steve (centre-left), Emma (centre) and Tanisha Gorey (centre-right) appeared to be in high spirits during the star-studded party

Gang: Elle Mulvaney (far left) Steve (centre-left), Emma (centre) and Tanisha Gorey (centre-right) appeared to be in high spirits during the star-studded party

Alexandra’s photos from the night saw her party with Millie Gibson (Kelly Neelan), Colson Smith (Craig Tinker), Georgia Taylor (Toyah Battersby), Elle Mulvaney (Amy Barlow) and Mollie Gallagher (Nina Lucas).

As Simon rose to fame in the 1990s as a new heart-throb in one of the nation’s most beloved soaps, he was hiding a secret life of binge-drinking and drug-taking.

Speaking exclusively previously to the Sunday Mirror, the star admitted that soon after his 1989 debut as Steve McDonald on Coronation Street, marijuana, cocaine and booze took a grip on his personal life.

‘I went completely wild,’ the 40-year-old actor admitted. ‘I’d go through a bottle of Scotch at four or five am after the pub… Sometimes I’d be two hours late for work. Other times I’d not be there at all.  

Looking back: As Simon rose to fame in the 1990s as a new heart-throb in one of the nation's most beloved soaps, he was hiding a secret life of binge-drinking and drug-taking (pictured 2016)

Looking back: As Simon rose to fame in the 1990s as a new heart-throb in one of the nation’s most beloved soaps, he was hiding a secret life of binge-drinking and drug-taking (pictured 2016)

‘I didn’t take it seriously and I didn’t want to be there. I hated being famous. I’m not proud of my behaviour, but getting wasted was a way of forgetting… The cocaine use came hand in hand with the alcohol abuse. I started smoking marijuana first.

‘Reality wasn’t too great so this ­alternative reality with the use of substances was a better place to be. It was an ­experimentation at first and I could afford it… I was spending a lot on it. It changed me as a person.’

Admitting that his resulting tardiness on the Corrie set led to tensions with on-screen dad Charlie Lawson, he turned things around soon after his troubles were made public in 1995.

However, a sober Simon said: ‘Everything that happened has made me the person I am today and I am so grateful for the life I have. I have a fantastic job, a gorgeous family and amazing friends and colleagues. I am a lucky bloke.’

Turning things around: Admitting that his resulting tardiness on the Corrie set led to tensions with on-screen dad Charlie Lawson, he turned things around soon after his troubles were made public in 1995 (pictured on I'm A Celebrity last year)

Turning things around: Admitting that his resulting tardiness on the Corrie set led to tensions with on-screen dad Charlie Lawson, he turned things around soon after his troubles were made public in 1995 (pictured on I’m A Celebrity last year)

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