Pensioner on Gunwharf Quays assault count

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A PENSIONER has been charged with attacking a woman at Portsmouth’s Gunwharf Quays.

Desmond Erridge is accused of assaulting the woman in October.

The 67-year-old denied a charge of assault causing actual bodily harm when he appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court.

District Judge Anthony Calloway ruled that the charge was so serious the case must be heard at the crown court.

Erridge, of Locksway Road, Milton, was released on bail.

The judge warned him not to try to contact the alleged victim or go to the street where she lives in Southsea before the trial. Erridge was told to attend Portsmouth Crown Court for a trial on the assault charge in April.