A man is due to appear before magistrates today charged with attempted murder.

Scott Topping, 39 and from Wigton, was remanded in police custody over the weekend. He was charged after a man in his twenties suffered what police say was a serious knife wound during an incident in Wigton’s King Street on Friday evening.

Topping is due to make a first appearance at Workington’s magistrates’ court today.

Cumbria Police confirmed yesterday he has been charged also with possessing a bladed article in a public place, common assault and threatening a person in a public place with a bladed article.

“The charges relate to an incident that occurred outside the Throstle’s Nest pub, Wigton, on Friday evening,” said a police spokesman.

During the incident which gave rise to the charges, a local woman, who is in her forties, sustained a serious head injury which is not believed to be life-changing, say police. She has been discharged from hospital.

The local man who suffered a knife wound yesterday remained in Carlisle’s Cumberland Infirmary in a serious but stable condition.

In a statement released on Twitter, Detective Chief Superintendent Dean Holden praised the response to the Friday incident from uniformed police, civilian staff and detectives. Police were called out at at 10.23pm on Friday.

A police spokesman added the incident involved two men and the woman who suffered a head wound. When police arrived at the scene, she was bleeding but conscious.

“Friday nights in Wigton can be pretty rowdy,” said one local woman.

“A lot of older people don’t like going out at nights.”

Another resident, a woman who lives near to the scene of the incident, said: “People are really shocked by this.”