A MAN has died in hospital more than a week after being injured in a town centre assault.

Iain Lee, of Newton Aycliffe, died at lunchtime on Wednesday in James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.

The 31-year-old had been in hospital since the early hours of Saturday, September 8 after he suffered serious head injuries during an incident near The Roundhouse bar, in Newton Aycliffe.

Nathan Robbie Buckland, a 24-year-old from Lumley Close, in Newton Aycliffe, was arrested in connection with the incident and was subsequently charged with assault occasioning grievous bodily harm with intent.

He appeared before Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court on Monday, September 10 and was remanded in custody to appear before Durham Crown Court on Friday, October 12.

Durham Constabulary said further consultation is expected to take place over the coming days between detectives investigating the case and the Crown Prosecution Service ahead of the next scheduled court appearance.

Meanwhile, said the spokesperson, enquiries into the incident are continuing.

Detective Superintendent Victoria Fuller said: “On behalf of the whole enquiry team I would like to express our sincere condolences to Mr Lee’s family.

“Our enquiries will, of course, continue and we will be seeking a review of the charges in light of today’s tragic development.

“We would also like to renew our appeal for witnesses to this incident to come forward, in particular anyone who actually saw the incident on the night which could assist our enquiry”.

Anyone with information is asked to call Durham police on 101, quoting incident number 46 of September 8.