Saturday Night Takeaway cancelled as Ant McPartlin takes a break from television to head back to rehab following ‘drink driving crash’

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Ant McPartlin has announced that he’s taking a break from television and is heading back into rehab following ‘drink-drive crash’.

Ant McPartlin was arrested by police yesterday following a reported ‘drink-driving crash’ that lead to a girl aged 3 visiting hospital.

Ant was arrested approx 4pm on Sunday after his Mini was involved in a car crash in South West London.

A little girl aged 3 was taken to hospital as a precaution after the Geordie presenter lost control of his Mini with his mum and dog Hurley inside.

It’s now been revealed following crisis talks with ITV that Saturday Night Takeaway has been cancelled this Saturday, and Ant is heading back to rehab.

Ant’s agent told The Sun in a statement: “Ant has decided to go back into treatment and step down from his current TV commitments.

“He has spoken with Dec and ITV today and asked for time off for the foreseeable future. As such ‘Saturday Night Takeaway’ will not be going ahead this Saturday.”

ITV has confirmed that Saturday Night Takeaway will not broadcast this weekend following the news of Ant’s crash, in a statement they said: “ITV has taken a joint decision with Ant and Dec’s team not to broadcast Saturday Night Takeaway this weekend.

“We will be reviewing options for the last two episodes of the series which would not feature Ant who is taking time off to seek treatment.

They added: “We very much hope that he gets the help that he needs.”

The Daily Mirror reports that Ant ‘failed a roadside breathalyser test and was taken away by cops in the back of a police car for questioning’.

One witness has reported that Ant seemed angry following the crash and was ‘shouting at his mum who was also in the car’.

A Scotland Yard spokesperson said: “Police in Richmond were called to Lower Richmond Road at 15.59hrs following reports of a road traffic collision involving three vehicles.

“Officers, London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade attended.

“A number of individuals were treated at the scene for minor injuries only. A child passenger from one of the cars has been taken to hospital for a check up as a precaution.

“A 42-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of drink-driving after failing a roadside breathalyser test.

The statement concluded with: “He has been taken to a south London police station for questioning.”

Witness Amy Cassie, 23, told The Mirror that she helped Ant’s mum get his dog out of the car: “Ant seemed furious after crashing the car and was shouting at his mum who was also in the car. She was trying to get him to calm down.

Amy added: “The police took him to the back of the police car to remove him from the situation.”

Met Police released the following statement shortly after the crash at 4pm: “A number of individuals were treated at the scene for minor injuries only.

“A child passenger from one of the cars has been taken to hospital for a check up as a precaution.

“A 42-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of drink-driving after failing a roadside breathalyser test.”

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