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Strictly star Ricky Whittle cleared in court

Ricky Whittle

Strictly Come Dancing star Ricky Whittle has been cleared of driving his car into a photographer on purpose.

The 30-year-old was accused of steering into snapper Stephen Farrell, who was trying to take his picture in Liverpool last year.

He'd been at a party and was giving his ex-girlfriend a lift home when the photographer tried to snap them.

After a three day trial Ricky was found not guilty and said: "It's been nine months of hell. I'm so glad it's over."