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IN CUSTODY: Man charged with assaulting emergency worker after Abbots Langley incident

 Published on: 18th July 2023   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

A man has been charged and remanded in connection with an incident in Abbots Langley, during which a man sustained puncture wounds and an emergency services worker was assaulted.

James Diston, 30, of Fairfield Avenue, Droylsden, Manchester, has been charged with committing section 18 grievous bodily harm, possession of an offensive weapon, assault of an emergency worker and breach of bail.

The charges relate to an incident in Broomfield Rise just before 6.30pm on Sunday, July 16. A man aged in his 30s suffered puncture wounds to his arm and abdomen. He was taken to hospital, but his injuries were assessed as non-life-threatening.

Diston appeared at Hatfield Magistrates’ Court today (Tuesday, July 18) and was remanded in custody. He is due to appear at St Albans Crown Court on Tuesday, August 15, for a pre-trial preparation hearing.

Detective Sergeant Tony Quince, from the Three Rivers Local Crime Unit, said: “This incident, while isolated between parties known to one another, understandably caused alarm in the community due to the large-scale police response, so I’m pleased that a charge has been secured as part of our investigation. We now await the next scheduled court date.”

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