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Man Charged After Soldier Hit By Car Outside Nightclub

The incident took place in the early hours of New Year's Day outside the TBC nightclub in Batley, West Yorkshire.

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A 23-year-old man has been charged after a soldier was hit by a car outside a nightclub, leaving him seriously injured.

Police believe the serviceman was hit by a blue Mercedes in the early hours of New Year's Day outside the TBC nightclub in Batley, West Yorkshire.

West Yorkshire Police said Hamza Ali Hussain, 23, of Middle Road, Westtown, Dewsbury, has been charged with wounding with intent.

He is due to appear at Leeds Magistrates Court today.

The incident happened at about 4.41am on New Year's Day on Bradford Road, close to the junction with Hick Lane.

A police spokesman said that the 21-year-old injured soldier is continuing to recover in hospital.

He suffered injuries including a fractured cheekbone and eye socket and bruising to his face and body.

The spokesman said a 21-year-old and a 27-year-old man who were also arrested as part of the investigation have been released pending further investigation.

Kirklees district commander chief superintendent Julie Sykes, said:

"We have now arrested and charged a man.

"Since New Year's Day, we have also received a significant amount of intelligence, evidence and accounts from eyewitnesses and members of the public which has assisted with our ongoing investigation.

"We have examined CCTV from inside the nightclub, outside the premises and in and around the area as part of our enquiries.

"I would like to reiterate, due to continued speculation, that this incident is not believed to be racially motivated and there is no evidence to support the victim was targeted due to his service in the Army.

"I would continue to encourage witnesses and members of the public who have any information to come forward and speak to the police."