A MAN has been charged with the murder of Michael Price.

Paul Ronald Watson, 30, of The Crescent, Chester-le-Street, has been charged with murder and remanded in police custody.

He will appear at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court on Saturday, January 27.

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Mr Price suffered critical head injuries after he was attacked in the Victor Street area of Chester-le-Street in the early hours of Saturday, January 13.

The 36-year-old was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle for treatment, but sadly died from his injuries on Wednesday, January 24.

Two women aged 35 and 36 who were arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent following the incident have been rearrested on suspicion of murder.

They have both been released under investigation.