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Last Updated: Tuesday, 12 August, 2003, 07:19 GMT 08:19 UK
Blue star on drink-drive charge
Boy band Blue with Lee Ryan right
Lee Ryan, right, with the other members of boy band Blue
A member of hit boy band Blue has been arrested and charged with drink-driving.

Lee Ryan, 20, from Kidbrooke, south east London, is one of the chart-topping quartet's best-known members.

He was stopped by police just after 0400 BST on Monday on Tower Bridge Road, south London, a Scotland Yard spokesman said.

He was charged with driving with excess alcohol after being arrested and is due to appear at Tower Bridge Magistrates Court on 22 August.

Blue are one of the most successful pop groups in the UK, and the members regularly appear in gossip columns.

They scored their first UK number one single in September 2001, and have reached the top spot twice more, including a duet with Sir Elton John.

Ryan recently wrote a protest song against war in Iraq, which appeared on a charity album.

But he came in for criticism after 11 September 2001, when he said the attacks on New York were "blown out of proportion" and people should be more worried about the plights of whales and elephants.

In June, Blue settled a High Court battle with a 1970s rock band - also called Blue - over the use of the name.

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