Probe continues into brawl that saw bystander glassed in neck with champagne flute

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POLICE are no further forward in tracing a man allegedly involved in a brawl that saw an innocent bystander glassed in the neck with a champagne flute.

Durham Police are still hunting Hartlepool man John Charles Mullen, 47, in connection with a fight following the £160-a-head Lobster Festival, at Hardwick Hall, in Sedgefield, in April 2012.

Neil Parsons, who owns Loos4Hire, was at the event delivering portaloos and needed 167 stitches on a neck wound after he was slashed with the glass.

Two Hartlepool men, Dwayne Douglas, 48, and David Garside junior, 29, who weren’t directly responsible for the stabbing, were given suspended sentences at Durham Crown Court last month after admitting affray.

But a Durham Police spokeswoman said: “John Charles Mullen’s whereabouts are still unknown.”

Anyone with information about Mullen’s whereabouts should call police on 101.