THE elder son of football boss Harry Redknapp has denied driving while 15 times over the drug drive limit.

Mark Redknapp, 48, is alleged to have driven a Mercedes in Canford Cliffs Road, Poole on April 2 with a blood level of 749 micrograms of benzoylecgonine - the legal limit is 50. The drug is a derivative of cocaine.

Redknapp, of Lavender Road, Bournemouth denied the charge when he appeared before Poole magistrates this morning.

He spoke only to confirm his name and to plead not guilty during the five-minute hearing.

The case was adjourned until July 19 for a case management hearing.