A man is in a critical condition in hospital after an incident in which he went to the aid of a police officer during a disturbance in Chester-le-Street, County Durham.
The man, aged 36, suffered severe head injuries during an incident in the Victor Street area on Saturday morning.
He remains in a critical but stable condition at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.
Christopher Hills, 30, of Gregory Terrace, Houghton-le-Spring, has been charged with assaulting a police officer and assaulting a member of the public.
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.