A TEENAGER has been charged after a man was left with serious head injuries following an attack in the town centre.

Officers were called to St Mary’s Butts, outside Burger King, at around 10.50pm on July 8 following reports of an assault.

Police believe two men were involved in the altercation, which resulted in a 26-year-old man being taken to John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford for specialist treatment.

A 17-year-old boy from Reading was charged on Monday with one count of Section 18 - wounding with intent.

The victim was punched in the head and knocked unconscious. He remains in hospital in a stable condition.

The teen was remanded in custody following an appearance at Reading Magistrates' Court on Tuesday and will appear at Reading Crown Court on August 13.

A spokesman for South Central Ambulance Service said: "We received a 999 call at 10.45pm, reporting a serious assault on a male in his mid-20s.

"We sent a rapid response vehicle, an ambulance and an emergency doctor to the scene.

"The patient had sustained a serious head injury and after initial treatment at the scene was taken to the major trauma unit at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, in a serious but stable condition."