Police probing a violent incident outside a pub where a man was stabbed in the chest have charged two men and a teenage girl.

Officers were called late on Sunday night to an incident in the car park at the Red Lion pub, High Street, Gillingham.

It was reported that an 'altercation' occurred between a group of people and a 25-year-old Gillingham man sustained a stab wound to his chest. He was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital for treatment. He has since been discharged.

A 24-year-old man and a 26-year-old man, both of no fixed abode, have now been charged with assault and possession of a bladed article in a public place.

A 17-year-old girl from Southampton has been charged with perverting the course of justice and possession of bladed article. All three are due to appear at Poole Magistrates’ Court tomorrow (Wednesday 16). 

Three local men, aged 25, 41 and 45 and arrested on suspicion of assault, have been released under investigation.

Three local men, aged 20, 22 and 28, who were arrested have been released from the investigation with no further action.

Earlier today, Detective Inspector Andrea Power, of Weymouth CID, said: “I am appealing to anyone who has not yet spoken to officers and has any information that could assist with the investigation to please come forward.

“Residents can expect to see an increased police presence in the area while investigations take place.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police quoting occurrence number 55180072368.