Two men have now been charged with wounding with intent to commit grievous bodily harm following an assault in Gateshead.

Shortly after 3.15pm on Friday, police were called to a disturbance outside an address in Monument Court, Chopwell, after it was reported a number of men were fighting in the street.

Officers attended and two men – aged 38 and 35 – were taken to hospital with non-life threatening stab injuries.

An investigation was launched and two men were arrested in connection with the assault. They have now been charged and are due to appear before the courts.

John Hickey, 35, of Sunny Way, Newcastle, and Tony Hall, 31, of Humber Street, Chopwell, have each been charged with two counts of wounding with intent to commit grievous bodily harm.

They are due to appear before magistrates in South Tyneside tomorrow.

Detective Sergeant Tam Fowler, of Northumbria Police, said: “This was a very serious assault that left two men hospitalised with multiple injuries.

“It is especially disappointing that this incident happened at a time when there is clearly increased demand on all emergency services. However, I would like to reassure our communities that we will continue to deal with anybody involved in violent criminality such as this swiftly and robustly.

“Two men are due to appear in court tomorrow in connection with the incident, and I would like to thank members of the public who have come forward with information over the last 24 hours to assist the investigation."