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Downton Abbey star Coyle banned for drink-driving

Brendan Coyle. Credit: PA

Downton Abbey star Brendan Coyle has been banned from driving after he admitted drink driving.

Coyle, who's 53 and from Heacham in Norfolk, played Valet John Bates in the hit ITV show.

He pleaded guilty to being nearly three times the legal limit at King's Lynn Magistrates' Court.

He was caught driving his BMW on New Year's Day after reportedly returning from a clinic in Thailand where he'd been seeking help for alcohol addiction.

He's been banned for 50 months and ordered to do 100 hours community work.

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Suffolk singer Lil Chris asked for help on the day of his death

Former Rock School star Lil Chris called mental health services for help on the day of his death, an inquest heard today.

Chris Hardman was found dead at his home in Lowestoft last March at the age of just 24.

The singer had been receiving treatment for depression and had spoken openly about struggling with his mental health after his music career failed to live up to its early promise.

His family said they hoped their tragedy would encourage more openness about the condition.

Serena Sandhu reports.

Family calls for better mental health education following Lil Chris' death

Chris Hardman, known as Lil Chris, in 2009. Credit: Press Association.

The family of Suffolk singer Lil Chris has called for better education around mental health.

As an inquest today concluded the 24-year-old, whose real name was Chris Hardman, had taken his own life, his sister Hannah Hardman said she hoped something positive could come from his death.

She said her brother had always been very open about his history of depression.

Chris Hardman's sister Hannah speaking outside the coroner's court. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

"The fact that young men have mental problems isn't talked about and I think, if we can taken anything from this tragedy, it would be to educate other people and to really talk about it like he did and really be open about it."

– Hannah Hardman, sister.

Fame brought 'pain and problems' for Suffolk star Lil Chris, says coroner

Chris Hardman, who was best known as Lil Chris, in 2009. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

A former child star from Suffolk killed himself after fame at an early age brought "pain and problems", a coroner has said.

Chris Hardman died on March 23 last year. He was found hanged at his home in Union Road in Lowestoft.

The 24-year-old found fame as Lil Chris in the Channel 4 show Rock School and earned a record contract and a top five hit. But he later struggled with depression.

Today an inquest into his death concluded he had taken his own life.

"It's clear this was an intentional act. Christopher was a talented young man who found fame at a young age.

"But sadly that fame brought pain and problems.

"My thoughts are with his friends and family on the loss of a talented young man in tragic circumstances."

– Peter Dean, Suffolk Coroner.

Inquest to begin into death of Suffolk singer

Chris Hardman aka Lil Chris Credit: Suffolk Police

The inquest into the death of Suffolk singer Lil Chris is due to be held today.

The 24 year old reality TV star was found dead at his home in Lowestoft last March. He had struggled with depression.

Lil Chris

The 24 year old, who's real name was Chris Hardman, shot to fame 10 years ago in the Channel 4 programme Rock School.

The inquest is due to be held in Bury St Edmunds.

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Dad's Army film to get local premiere in Suffolk

The new Dad's Army film, which gets its local premiere tonight. Credit: Columbia Pictures/Universal Pictures.

After its glitzy London launch last week, today it is the turn of Suffolk to host the new Dad's Army film's local premiere.

Stowmarket's Regal Theatre is kicking off its 80th birthday celebrations with a special red-carpet showing of the film this afternoon.

Lucky ticket holders will walk the red carpet and, in keeping with the film, will enjoy a nice cup of tea and a piece of birthday cake on arrival.

The original television series was filmed across the border at Thetford and fans of the show, who work in the town's museum, feature as extras in the movie.

Peterborough girl rocking out to Craig David becomes internet sensation

When Craig David made his comeback at the end of last year, the pop world erupted with excitement. And now, it looks like his fanbase is getting even younger!

A video of a girl from Peterborough, dancing away to Craig David's new song has received more than four million views on Facebook.

Craig David found the video "so amazing", he posted it on his Twitter.

The music fan can be seen bopping away in the car with her father, who encourages her to showcase her moves.

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