Men cleared of stabbing at fair

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Two South Yorkshire men charged in connection with the stabbing of the son of a reality television star have been cleared of any wrongdoing.

David Doherty, 26, of Salford, who is the son of My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding star Paddy Doherty, suffered slashes to his lower back when he was attacked at the Appleby Horse Fair in Cumbria in June.

Tommy Morrison, aged 29, of Toll Bar, Doncaster, and Luke Morrison, aged 26, of Barnsley, had been accused of a Section 18 offence - causing grievous bodily harm - but the case against them was dropped at Carlisle Crown Court this week.

Cumbria Constabulary initially said a large group of people had filmed the incident in the Market Field area of the annual fair on their mobile phones and cameras.

Police issued an appeal for witnesses to come forward last month.

Mr Doherty was taken to Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle after the attack at about 12.35pm on June 5 but was released later the same day.

His father, Paddy, was thrown into the media spotlight following his appearance in the hit Channel 4 documentary series and is currently a contestant in the latest series of Celebrity Big Brother.

At the time Mr Doherty Jnr said he didn’t know why he was attacked.

“I was waiting to watch a friend fight at Appleby. I stepped into the ring and someone started getting mouthy with me.

“We got into an argument and before I knew it there was a load of them attacking me.

The case was discontinued due to lack of independent evidence