Charter Fair attack: Man charged

Adam Clarke scoring a try for Buckingham Rugby Club last year
Adam Clarke scoring a try for Buckingham Rugby Club last year
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A man has been charged with GBH without intent after the Charter Fair attack which left a young rugby player with a fractured eye socket and cheekbone.

Talented Buckingham Rugby Club winger Adam Clarke, 20, needed surgery to insert metal plates into his face when he was attacked in the town centre.

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Rugby. Buckingham (green) v Alchester (blue).Adam Clarke, Buck stopped by Robin Tyerman.'130112M-A049 ENGPNL00220130114122024

In the aftermath of the incident, chairman of the club Julian Cook said he feared Adam may never play rugby again.

But a man has now been charged in relation to the incident which happened on the eve of the Charter Fair in Buckingham at 2am on October 18.

Leonard Cohen, 47, of Codrington Road in Bristol, has been charged with one count of grievous bodily harm without intent.

He has been released on bail to appear at High Wycombe Magistrates’ Court on January 16. Cohen was arrested on the day of the attack last year.

Adam was walking with three friends along Buckingham High Street at the junction with Verney Close, between about 1.50am and 2am, when they got into a fight with another group of men.

Adam was hit in the face, leaving him with a fractured right eye socket and fractured cheekbone.

Former Royal Latin School boy Adam was taken by ambulance to Milton Keynes Hospital and later transferred to the Maxillofacial Surgery Unit at Luton & Dunstable Hospital.