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Wednesday, 28 February, 2001, 14:22 GMT
Man denies Street stabbing
John Savident
Mr Savident was treated for stab wounds
A man has pleaded not guilty to stabbing and robbing Coronation Street actor John Savident.

Michael James Smith, 28, appeared before Manchester Crown Court accused of attacking Mr Savident, who plays butcher Fred Elliott in the soap.

Mr Smith, of Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside, Greater Manchester, was charged with wounding the 62-year-old actor with intent to cause him grievous bodily harm.

He is also charged with robbing Mr Savident of a wallet, credit cards, a designer watch, an invitation to a Coronation Street 40th anniversary dinner, silver money clip, 80 in cash, and house and car keys - worth a total of 1,500.

Mr Smith was remanded in custody by Judge Simon Fawcus until his trial on 19 June.

Stab wounds

The Coronation Street star was released from Manchester Royal Infirmary in December, after being treated for two stab wounds to his neck and cuts and bruises following the incident at his flat near Granada TV studios in Manchester.

John Savident and nurse
Savident has been "overwhelmed" by flowers from wellwishers

The incident meant Mr Savident had to miss the live Coronation Street episode filmed to celebrate the soap's 40th anniversary.

Mr Savident has played the role of Fred Elliott since 1994.

A former policeman in Manchester, he left the force in the early 60s.

He has had a string of film and theatre roles during his 30-year career.

In the early 90s he was set to play Robert Maxwell on stage until the production was scuppered by legal problems.

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