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Simon Gregson 'apologises' after he was quizzed by police over boozy altercation in a Toby Carvery

Simon Gregson 'apologises' after he was quizzed by police over boozy altercation in a Toby Carvery

Simon Gregson was “dragged to an emergency meeting by the bosses of Coronation Street” after being questioned in the back of a police van following an altercation between two men at a Toby Carvery in Aintree on Friday night.

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

And the star, who plays Steve McDonald in the soap, is said to have been given a talk to get him to control his behavior on nights out, according to a new report.

Oh dear: Simon Gregson was 'dragged to a meeting by the bosses of Coronation Street' after being questioned in the back of a police van following an altercation between two men at a Toby Carvery in Aintree on Friday night (pictured during the event)

Oh dear: Simon Gregson was ‘dragged to a meeting by the bosses of Coronation Street’ after being questioned in the back of a police van following an altercation between two men at a Toby Carvery in Aintree on Friday night (pictured during the event)

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 the way he wants.

Bosses have told Simon his recent behavior is not okay and things are not looking good for the soap.

“They warned him to clean up his act. Simon apologized and said he would behave well from now on.”

'He behaved rather wildly': It comes after Simon was reportedly thrown by bouncers from his opponent's farewell party in Manchester after dancing shirtless on furniture

‘He behaved rather wildly’: It comes after Simon was reportedly thrown by bouncers from his opponent’s farewell party in Manchester after dancing shirtless on furniture

MailOnline has reached out to ITV and Simon’s representatives for comment.

A spokesperson for Toby Carvery Aintree told MailOnline about the incident over the weekend: “We can confirm that there was an incident Friday night at the restaurant that was reported to the police. We are fully cooperating with the police investigation.’

According to the Mirror, police spoke to Simon as he sat in the back of their van in the parking lot of The Rocking Horse on Friday after the altercation in the pub.

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

Friends in high places: Simon was seen with the likes of Princess Anne's daughter Zara Tindall, 40, and her ex-husband of England rugby captain Mike, 43, on Aintree Ladies Day

Friends in high places: Simon was seen with the likes of Princess Anne’s daughter Zara Tindall, 40, and her ex-husband rugby captain Mike, 43, on Aintree Ladies Day

A police spokesman added: ‘We can confirm that Merseyside Police were present at the Rocking Horse pub on Grand National Avenue, Aintree.

‘About 9.20 pm we received a report that two men were involved in an altercation in the pub. There were no injuries and the victim refused to make a formal complaint to the police. Investigations are underway.’

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

MailOnline reached out to a representative from Simon and Merseyside Police for comment.

Hilarious: One onlooker said, 'He was the life and soul of the party, but went a bit far and it annoyed the bar staff and bouncers at the end' (pictured, center, with Alexandra and her boyfriend Joe Parker, far left )

Hilarious: One onlooker said, ‘He was the life and soul of the party, but went a bit far and it annoyed the bar staff and bouncers at the end’ (pictured, center, with Alexandra and her boyfriend Joe Parker, far left )

It comes after Simon was reportedly ordered by bouncers to go home from his on-screen daughter Alexandra Mardell’s farewell party in Manchester’s Deansgate borough in February.

Footage obtained by The Sun shows the soap star dancing shirtless on furniture after getting “a little merry.”

Simon is said to have directed his anger at the security personnel with a vigorous diatribe after they tried to kick him out of the room.

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

A lip-reading expert told publication Simon that he appeared to say “f**k” and “f**k you” to the two employees before assuring, “I’ll go downstairs.”

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

She is said to have stepped between her boyfriend and the bouncer in an attempt to cool the situation, later posting a radiant photo of herself in a must-have yellow dress next to Alexandra, who plays Emma Booker in the ITV favourite.

The source continued: “Simon behaved quite wildly, but more in the sense of being cheerful and getting carried away.

“The crowd laughed and cheered, with lots of people cheering him on, and most people there saw the funny side. But some clubbers also shouted insultingly at him, which was unnecessary.’

Alexandra’s photos from the evening 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).

Simon’s representatives were contacted by MailOnline for comment.

Gang: Elle Mulvaney (far left) Steve (center-left), Emma (center), and Tanisha Gorey (center-right) seemed elated at the star-studded party

Gang: Elle Mulvaney (far left) Steve (center-left), Emma (center), and Tanisha Gorey (center-right) seemed elated at the star-studded party

When Simon rose to fame as a new heartthrob on one of the country’s most beloved soap operas in the 1990s, he hid a secret life of binge drinking and drug use.

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

“I went all out,” the 40-year-old actor confessed. “I drank a bottle of whiskey after the pub at four or five in the morning… Sometimes I was two hours late for work. Other times I wouldn’t be there at all.

Looking back: When Simon rose to fame as a new heartthrob on one of the country's best-loved soap operas in the 1990s, he hid a secret life of binge drinking and drug use (photo 2016)

Looking back: When Simon rose to fame as a new heartthrob on one of the country’s most beloved soap operas in the 1990s, he hid a secret life of binge drinking and drug use (2016 photo)

“I didn’t take it seriously and didn’t want to be there. I hated being famous. I’m not proud of my behavior, but being wasted was a way of forgetting… Cocaine use went hand in hand with alcohol abuse. I first started smoking marijuana.

“The reality wasn’t too great, so this alternate resource use reality was a better place to be. In the beginning it was an experiment and I could afford it… I spent a lot of money on it. It has changed me as a person.’

Admitting that his resulting slowness on the Corrie set led to tensions with onscreen father Charlie Lawson, he turned things around shortly after his issues were made public in 1995.

However, a down-to-earth Simon said: ‘Everything that has happened has made me the person I am today and I am so grateful for the life I have. I have a great job, a wonderful family and wonderful friends and colleagues. I’m a lucky guy.’

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

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

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