The jury trying Peter Buck are discharged from giving a verdict - and a retrial will have to take place...

The trial of REM guitarist PETER BUCK for an alleged air-rage incident collapsed moments ago as a result of legal technicalities.

The jury trying the star were discharged from giving a verdict and a retrial date will be set.

Judge John Crocker told the jury, sitting today (November 13) at Isleworth Crown Court in west London, that “matters” had arisen which meant the trial, which had been in progress for less than two days, could no longer proceed. He added: “I can tell you no more I’m afraid. It happens sometimes in court.”

Buck denied two counts of assaulting air stewards, being drunk on an aircraft and causing criminal damage on a British Airways flight from Seattle to Heathrow on April 21 this year.

He was granted £20,000 conditional bail. The case has been listed to come before Judge Cocker in seven days (November 20). Buck will not have to attend.