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Criminal law: Big Fat Gypsy Brawl

Six men have been arrested following a mass brawl outside Manchester Magistrates' Court on Monday (13 June), where two brothers were facing charges of GBH after biting off the ear of their cousin Paddy Doherty of Big Fat Gypsy Wedding fame.

The two brothers, Johnny and Dougie Joyce, had bumped into Mr Doherty,a former bare-knuckle fighting champion, in Manchester City the week before. A fight started resulting in Mr Doherty's ear being almost bitten off.

The two warring factions of the family attended court in support of 52-year-old Doherty and the Joyce brothers.

Speaking of Mr Doherty, the defence stated: "In the past few years he has been on Danny Dyer's Deadliest Men, where for a full hour Paddy Doherty described to Danny Dyer his 30 or 40 years of his fighting career within the travelling community.

"He's recorded as saying what he would do to a man in a fight, saying he would chew him up like a chocolate bar. He is no stranger to violence and there's been a history of trouble between the families."

Since the court feared that further trouble would ensue if the brothers were released on bail, they were remanded in custody, waiting to face trial on the charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

But afterwards, outside the courtroom, the friends and supporters of both parties began to argue about the case. Another fight broke out in the street.

An onlooker said: "It was just unbelievable that such incidents can happen outside a court. It was peace and quiet one moment then there was an exchange words and suddenly it just all kicked off.

"There were guys throwing punches at each other and one bloke ripped off his shirt as if to add a bit of extra menace."

Six men were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder.

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