A man has been charged in connection to an assault which left the victim in a "critical condition" in the heart of Manchester's gay village.

A man has been charged in connection to an assault which left the victim in a “critical condition” in the heart of Manchester’s gay village.

A 21-year-old man has been charged with section 18 assault.

Adil Mohammed Ali (04/04/1997) of no fixed abode was remanded in custody and will appear at Manchester & Salford Magistrates’ Court today, Monday 2 July 2018.

This charge follows an assault on Bloom Street at around 4.45am on Saturday 30 June 2018.

A 60-year-old man – who was cross-dressed at the time – had been outside AXM bar when he was assaulted.

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He remains in hospital in a critical condition.

We have reached out to Manchester Police to ascertain whether the victim identifies as a man or woman, who have been unable to speak to the victim due to the victim’s injuries, however, the victim’s family says he identifies as a man.