A MAN has been charged with the attempted murder of a woman who is recovering in hospital after sustaining serious stab wounds.

Steven Young, 34, of no fixed abode, will appear in Peterlee Magistrates' Court tomorrow (Friday, May 30) after being charged in connection with an incident in South Moor, Stanley, on Monday (May 26).

Detective Superintendent Paul Goundry, who is leading the investigation, said tonight: “A man is to appear in court tomorrow morning following an incident earlier this week, in which a 34-year-old woman suffered serious injuries.

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“Her injuries included a number of stab wounds.

“Steven Young, also aged 34, and of no fixed abode, has this evening been charged with attempted murder.

“He will be appearing in front of magistrates at Peterlee.

“Young was arrested at the scene at a house in Poplar Street, in South Moor, Stanley, on Monday night and has been in police custody since that time.”

The woman, named locally as Joanne Bolton, suffered serious injuries to both her head and body.

She was taken initially to the University Hospital North Durham, before being transferred to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

Det Supt Goundry said: “The victim is making good recovery from her injuries and is classed as stable.

“She remains in the Royal Victoria Infirmary.”