Assault and false imprisonment charges against Mark Lamarr dropped

The comedian hosted 'Never Mind The Buzzcocks' between 1996 and 2005

Former Never Mind the Buzzcocks host Mark Lamarr had charges of common assault and false imprisonment dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service.

Last month, the 51-year-old comedian was charged and released on conditional bail. Now, after he was due to appear before magistrates in Uxbridge, all charges have been dropped.

“We have a duty to keep cases under continuing review and, following a further review of this case, we concluded that there was insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction,” a CPS spokesman said.

Lamarr was a regular face on TV throughout the nineties and early noughties. He rose to prominence as an outside presenter on The Big Breakfast in the early nineties before becoming a team captain on Shooting Stars between 1995 and 1997.

The comedian then took on the role of host of music quiz show Never Mind the Buzzcocks when it launched in 1996 and stuck with the popular show for 17 series until his departure in 2005. In 2015, the BBC axed the show after 18 years.

Following his departure from Buzzcocks, Lamarr continued with his radio commitments with BBC Radio 2 until he left in 2010.

Last year, one of Buzzcockā€™s original team captains, actor and stand-up comedian Sean Hughes, passed away at the age of 51. His co-stars on the show, including fellow team captain Phil Jupitus, shared touching tributes to the star.