A 35-year-old man will appear before Peterlee Magistrates court today after a 'serious' town centre assault.
The man has been arrested and charged with a section 18 assault occasioning grievous bodily harm with intent.
On Wednesday Durham Constabulary were called to an area near to the Jobcentre on Station Road, near Front Street, Chester-le-Street sometime after 1pm.
A man, thought to be in his late 20s, has been taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle with what appear to be serious injuries.
A section of the street was cordoned off while police inquiries were carried out.