Ripon man charged with five offences

8 March 2013

A man wanted by police for a serious assault in Ripon has been charged with five offences.

Ashley Paul Watson, 18, was arrested yesterday (7 March 2013) following a public appeal to trace him after a 20-year-old woman was assaulted in Ripon on Sunday 3 March and suffered serious facial injuries.

Watson has been charged with:

  • Section 18 wounding with intent
  • Assault by beating
  • Affray
  • Criminal damage
  • Theft of a kitchen knife

A section 18 conviction can carry a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

He has been remanded in custody to appear at Harrogate Magistrates’ Court on Saturday 9 March 2013.

Detective Inspector Karen Warner of North Yorkshire Police, said:

We would like to thank members of the public for their assistance during the search for Watson.

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