Man critically ill after aiding police officer during disturbance

Police are appealing for witnesses. Credit: ITV News

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.

"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.”

– Det Chf Supt Adrian Green, Durham Police