No further action on Moyes ‘assault’ claim

David Moyes
David Moyes

No further action will be taken over an allegation that former Manchester United boss David Moyes assaulted a local man outside a Clitheroe wine bar earlier this year.

The story made national front page headlines and TV news schedules after it was broken on the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times website on May 22nd. Salesbury man Joshua Gillibrand (23) claimed he had been assaulted by Mr Moyes (51) outside The Emporium wine bar in Moor Lane at about 10 pm on May 21st after a brief exchange of words between the men.

Police were called and statements taken, but now officers investigating the allegation have confirmed that no further action will be taken.

A police statement issued after the incident said that Mr Gillibrand did not require hospital treatment and no-one was arrested, adding that: “There are a number of differing accounts which we need to work through to try to establish exactly what has happened.”

It is thought that Mr Moyes had been enjoying a meal at the nearby Piccolino’s restaurant before crossing the road for a drink at The Emporium. The previous month he had been sacked from his job at Manchester United only 10 months after replacing Sir Alex Ferguson as manager.