Panto actor dropped over co-star murder attempt

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McNair was due to star in Sleeping Beauty

A PANTOMIME actor has been dropped from his local show – after being accused of trying to kill another cast member.

Cameron McNair was axed from his role in Sleeping Beauty after appearing in Kilmarnock Sheriff court on an attempted murder charge.

The 43-year-old, who is also facing an assault charge, was due to play the role of Berty Ponsimby Smyth when the Dunlop Players put on the play in Dunlop, East Ayrshire.

In a statement, the group said: “The Dunlop Players would like to confirm that further to serious allegations against one of our members, this member will not be appearing in this year’s pantomime, Sleeping Beauty.”

They added: “The alleged acts of one individual cannot and will not detract from the 21 years of faithful service the Dunlop Players have played in the community.”

A spokeswoman for Strathclyde Police said police received a report on Sunday about an alleged assault involving a 39-year-old woman which had taken place the previous day in Dunlop.

“A 43-year-old man was arrested in connection with the alleged incident and I understand has appeared in court,” she said.

The Crown Office confirmed that Mr McNair, of Dunlop, appeared in private atKilmarnock Sheriff Courton Monday charged with assault to injury and attempted murder.

The woman, who has not been named, is understood to be continuing in her pantomime role.

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