Police and emergency services rushed to the scene (Image: UK News in Pictures (UKNIP))
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A thug involved in a punch-up at Thorpe Park during which a man was stabbed has been jailed.
Craig Harakh was arrested after a 27-year-old man was stabbed in the stomach at the popular theme park in Surrey.
A fight had broken out near the front entrance around 4.30pm on July 18 after a confrontation.
The victim was rushed to hospital with serious injuries and released a few days later following surgery.
Thorpe Park, which welcomed around two million visitors every year pre-Covid, was temporarily closed while police investigated the incident.
A huge crowd gathered in the theme park
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Harakh was initially charged with causing grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent and possession of an offensive weapon but the charges were dropped for lack of evidence.
Appearing at Kingston Crown Court on January 11, Harakh, of Lambeth, London, pleaded guilty to affray.
He was handed a seven months prison sentence for the offence and an additional four months for breaching a previous suspended sentence.
A second man was also arrested after the stabbing, but was later released.
Detective Constable Nathan Dunstan said: “Craig Harakh, 26, of Jeffery’s Road, Lambeth, was arrested on Saturday, 18 July after officers received reports of a stabbing at the theme park in Chertsey at around 4:30pm.
An ambulance at the scene on the day of the incident
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The theme park was forced to close
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“The victim, a 27-year-old man, was stabbed in the stomach following a confrontation which occurred close to the front entrance.
“He was taken to hospital with serious injuries and discharged a few days later following surgery.
“The park remained temporarily closed whilst enquiries were underway and the suspects were located.
“We would like to thank the visitors to the park that day, who were delayed in leaving as a result of our enquiries.
“We would also like to thank the team at Thorpe Park for their assistance during this investigation.
“We will continue to work hard to tackle knife crime in Surrey, which simply cannot be tolerated in our local communities.”