Merseyside Police

Man charged with GBH following Southport assault

News   •   Jun 04, 2019 14:59 BST

A man has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm following an incident in Southport on Saturday night (1 June 2019) which has left a 51-year-old man in a critical condition.

At about 10.40pm officers on patrol spotted a disturbance on Lord Street and discovered a man lying on the floor unconscious.

The man and his two sons were reportedly attacked by a group of men near to the Scarisbrick Hotel after watching the Champions League Final in Victoria Park.

The 51-year-old victim, a Bulgarian national who is resident in Southport, is believed to have been knocked to the floor and assaulted. One of his sons, aged 28 years from Southport, was also assaulted and suffered facial injuries.

Both men were taken to Aintree Hospital for treatment where the 51-year-old remains in a critical condition.

James Peter Gelling, 31 years, of Hampton Road, Southport has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm and remanded in custody to appear at Liverpool Magistrates Court this afternoon (Tuesday 4 June 2019).

A 32-year-old man from Southport arrested on suspicion of Section 18 wounding with intent has been released on conditional bail.

Officers continue to appeal for anyone with information about the incident to contact Merseyside Police social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police CC. You can also call 101 quoting incident reference 19100282822 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: