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Man faces non-fatal strangulation charges after incident which left police officer unable to speak

The charges follow an incident in Banbridge on Monday night and the accused is due to appear in court tomorrow, July 12

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Police investigating an assault in the Newry Street area of Banbridge last night (Monday) have charged a 36-year-old man to court.

He is charged with two counts of non-fatal strangulation, four counts of assault on police, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault.

He is due before Lisburn Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, July 12.

As is usual procedure all charges will be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service.

It is understood the charges relate to an alleged incident which left a police officer requiring hospital treatment after being assaulted, bitten and choked.

It had earlier been reported that a male officer and his colleague were responding to reports of a fight involving two men in a takeaway on Newry Street at around 11pm.

The officer was kicked in the face and bitten on the shoulder during the incident and was also choked, leaving him unable to speak at present.

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