Soldier attacked outside Newcastle nightclub dies


A 31-year-old soldier who was attacked outside a nightclub has died.

Staff Sgt Chris Chacksfield, of the 14th Signal Regiment (Electronic Warfare), was assaulted outside the club in Newcastle on 31 May.

The soldier, of Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire, suffered head injuries and was taken to hospital but has since died.

A 22-year-old man has appeared before Newcastle magistrates in connection with the incident.

Staff Sgt Chacksfield's 32-year-old wife, who was with him at the time of the attack, was released from hospital after treatment.

Police said the death was now being treated as a "homicide investigation", and a post mortem examination would be carried out.

Supt Gillian Mitchell, of Northumbria Police, said: "Our sympathies are with the victim's family at what must be a terrible time for them.

"A team of detectives is working on this case and a man has been charged.

"The neighbourhood policing team is working to reassure people in the city centre that everything is being done to thoroughly investigate this incident.

"If anyone does have any concerns they should get in touch with their local officers to discuss them."

A 22-year-old man has appeared before Newcastle magistrates facing one charge of grievous bodily harm with intent and one offence of wounding.

He has been remanded in custody.

A 23-year-old man who was arrested in connection with the incident has been released with no further police action.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact police on 03456 043 043 ext 69191, or ring independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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