Detectives investigating an incident outside TBC nightclub in Batley have charged a man.
At around 4:41am on New Year’s Day a 21-year-old male victim - understood to be a member of the armed forces - was knocked down by a blue Mercedes outside the premises on Bradford Road.
The victim sustained a fractured cheek bone and eye socket. He is continuing to recover in hospital.
On Wednesday evening, West Yorkshire Police arrested two males, aged 21 and 23 and both from Dewsbury, including the driver of the Mercedes, bringing the total number arrested to three.
In the early hours of this morning (4 January) Hamza Ali Hussain, aged 23, of Middle Road, Westtown in Dewsbury was charged with section 18 wounding.
The 21-year-old and another man, aged 27, have been released pending further investigation.
Kirklees District Commander Chief Superintendent Julie Sykes, said: “We have been conducting an extensive and thorough investigation into this incident since it happened on New Year’s Day and significantly we have now arrested and charged a man involved in this offence.
“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.”