THERE has been a further delay in the case of a man accused of attempting to murder a police officer in Basingstoke.

Thomas Gracey is charged with attempting to kill the officer after an altercation at Churchill Place in the town centre on Easter Sunday 2020 (April 12).

Hampshire Constabulary previously said the officer was responding to a concern for welfare when he was stabbed with two knives.

It caused injuries to his head, neck and hands, and he required hospital treatment for his wounds.

He has now recovered and is back at work.

An eye-witness told the Gazette they saw as many as six police cars, plus two ambulances, at the scene during the evening of Easter Sunday last year.

Gracey, of Littlemore, Oxfordshire, was set to stand trial at Winchester Crown Court today (Monday).

But the 44-year-old's case was delayed pending a further assessment. It is now thought the trial will begin at the same court on Wednesday.

He has denied a charge of attempted murder.