ENTERTAINER Keith Chegwin accepted a public apology yesterday over a newspaper claim that he hatched a plot to bribe a police officer.

Chegwin brought libel proceedings in London's High Court over a front-page article in The People in January.

His solicitor said it accused Chegwin of plotting to access the Police National Computer to obtain details of cars once owned by celebrities for a pilot programme called Stars and their Cars.

It also said he had organised for cut-price drinks at an Edinburgh nightclub - having won sympathy for revealing he was an alcoholic and having successfully overcome his addiction.