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Houghton man charged over Chester-le-street attack

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10:55am 15th January 2018
(Updated 3:26pm 15th January 2018)

A Sunderland man's been charged following a disturbance in Chester-le-Street over the weekend.

30 year-old Christopher Hills, of Gregory Terrace in Houghton's been charged with assaulting a police officer, and assaulting a member of the public who came to the officer's aid.

He appeared at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court today (Monday, January 15).

His hearing has been adjourned until the 16th March at Peterlee Magistrates' Court.

Mr Hills was arrested following an incident in the Victor Street area of Chester-le-Street on Saturday morning (January 13th) in which a 36 year-old man suffered serious head injuries.

The victim remains in a critical but stable condition at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary.

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Three other people - a 30 year-old man and two women aged 35 and 36 - who were arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent have been released under investigation.

Detective Chief Superintendent Adrian Green, who is leading the investigation, said:

"We believe this was a targeted assault and that all parties were known to each other."

"Officers will remain in the Victor Street area of the town over the next few days as enquiries continue."

"I would like to appeal to anyone with any information on an incident occurring in Victor Street between 12am and 5.30am on Saturday morning to come forward."

Call Durham Constabulary on 101, quoting incident number 96 of January 13 with information.

Alternatively, information can be passed on to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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