Bruce Jones avoids prison term

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The actor, who played Les Battersby in Coronation Street, admitted last month that he yanked the steering wheel of his wife Sandra's car from her hand as she drove along the A55 in North Wales last August.

On Tuesday he was sentenced at Mold Crown Court to eight months in prison, suspended for 18 months.

The troubled actor pleaded guilty to dangerous driving a day after a jury heard his wife's evidence about how he subjected her to years of drink-fuelled physical and emotional abuse. He has since vowed to beat the bottle and save his marriage.

Recorder Simon Medland was told Jones is in a 26-week rehab programme to tackle his addiction.

He said: "The efforts you are making to turn your life around are impressive."

Jones was also ordered to do 100 hours unpaid work and must complete a 12-month supervision order.

He was disqualified from driving for 18 months and must pay a total of £1,000 towards prosecution and his own costs.

Jones's lawyer Mr Dominic D'Souza said in a statement: "Mr Jones has suffered from an alcohol problem for the last 20 years and he is very grateful that the courts have not imprisoned him today because it gives him an opportunity for the first time really to address what has become a very serious problem for him.

"He hopes by addressing his alcohol problems he can restore both his personal relationships and those who have supported him in his acting career."

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