A TEACHER at a college in Somerset has been charged with attempted murder after a young woman was stabbed and left in critical condition last week.

The woman, who is in her twenties, was stabbed in Bath on Monday, February 26, and remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital following the attack, which happened at about 4.20pm in Dransfield Way.

Matthew Jones, a 28-year-old sociology and history teacher at Frome College, appeared before Bath Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, February 29.

Jones, of Ivy Avenue, Southdown, in Bath, was remanded into custody pending his appearance at Crown Court later this month.

A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset Police said: "Detectives continue to investigate what happened and are currently treating this as an isolated incident, having found no evidence of any wider risk to the public.

"Neighbourhood officers will continue to carry out uniformed reassurance patrols in the area over the coming days, and if you have any concerns do please speak with us."

Frome College has since released a statement regarding the matter, and assured parents there are no safeguarding concerns in relation to the incident.

"As you may be aware from the media, one of our members of staff, Matthew Jones, sociology and history teacher, has been charged by police following an incident in Bath on Monday, February, 26," a spokesperson for the college said.

"Please be assured this was not in any way related to Frome College nor our college community and there are no safeguarding concerns.

"We will write specifically to those students and families whose lessons are affected.

"These will be covered, especially exam classes, with specialist teachers where possible.

"We will continue to offer our support to any student affected by this news.

"As this is an ongoing police investigation, we cannot comment any further at this time."