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14 June 2010, 10:12
Police have charged a 26-year-old man with 'wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm' as part of Operation Kings, the investigation into a serious assault in Southampton on Tuesday, June 8.
At around 11.35pm, a 24-year-old man on a bike was beaten up by a group of people on Central Bridge.
The man was taken to Southampton General Hospital with serious head injuries and a week later he remains in a critical condition.
An 18-year-old woman and 26-year-old man, both from the Southampton area, were arrested late last week. The woman has been bailed until July but the man has now been charged. John Smith from Tamella Road, Botley appeared at Southampton Magistrates Court today, Tuesday, June 15 and was remanded in custody until August 10. The next hearing will be at Southampton Crown Court. He is also charged with theft from a shop.
Four people are thought to have been involved in the attack and police are still appealing for any witnesses who saw those involved in the area.
Anyone with any information in relation to this incident is asked to contact Shirley CID, quoting Operation Kings, on 101 alternatively, they can call Crimestoppers, the charity, anonymously on 0800 555 111.