A 53-year-old from Essex is facing a charge of attempted murder and is set to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court.

Geoffrey Ryan appeared at Colchester Magistrates' Court on Monday, September 12.

Ryan, of Brick Kiln Way, Braintree, stands accused of an alleged attempted murder, a racially aggravated public order offence, and two counts of possession of an offensive weapon - namely, a cut-throat razor.

The charges relate to an incident outside The Lounge Bar, in Braintree Market Place, on Friday, September 9.

At the hearing in Colchester, one count of possession of an offensive weapon was dropped.

Magistrates committed the case to crown court, and the defendant is set to make his next court appearance in Chelmsford on Monday, October 10.

The Braintree man was remanded in custody.