A police chopper was scrambled and witnesses report mourners cringing in terror behind gravestones after a fight broke out at a baby’s funeral attended by Paddy Doherty, star of My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding.
18 month-old David McDonagh died in hospital in Chester last week and his funeral was scheduled for yesterday morning. Witnesses said that a fight broke out and turned into a brawl as at least six men with “balaclavas and weapons” attacked each other, sending mourners racing for cover.
The brawl occurred in Gorton Cemetery in Manchester. An eye witness reported: “It was disgusting, they hadn’t even laid the poor baby to rest and they were there fighting by the graveside. It was all over an old family feud. Some of them had balaclavas and weapons, it was terrifying. People were scared for their lives, I was hiding behind a gravestone with my baby in my arms.”
Police made no arrests and have received no official complaints in connection with the incident. A spokeswoman for Greater Manchester Police said: “Just before 11am today police attended Gorton Cemetery following a disturbance. At this stage no arrests have been made and police are continuing to investigate the incident.”
It is not known whether Paddy Doherty, who was great-uncle to baby David, was involved in the brawl. Doherty, who lives in Queensferry in North Wales, achieved fame after being one of the Irish travellers appearing in the hit Channel 4 documentary My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. Mr Doherty went on to star in – and win – 2011’s Celebrity Big Brother.