DETECTIVES investigating an assault which has left the victim in a life-threatening condition in hospital have this evening charged two men with attempted murder.

Jason Edwards, 25, and Lee William Strickland, 36, both from Cardiff, have been remanded in custody to appear at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court on Monday (Jul 26), following the assault at Bute Park in the early hours of Tuesday, July 20.

A 52-year-old man remains in a serious condition at the University Hospital of Wales. His family are being supported by specially trained family liaison officers.

Detectives are now appealing for help to identify a third suspect, an unknown female.

Detective Inspector Stuart Wales said: “This serious assault has caused understandable concern locally, and we want to reassure the public that a significant number of enquiries are ongoing. We will be relentless in identifying and bringing to justice anyone involved in this violent attack.

“The charging of these two men demonstrates that we are making significant progress and I’d like to thank the public for their support which has enabled this.

“I’d urge them to continue doing so, reporting any information – no matter how insignificant it may seem – to us. I’d also appeal directly to the female suspected of being involved in this incident to come forward voluntarily, as it is only a matter of time before we identify and locate her.”

A Major Incident Room continues to operate at Cardiff Central Police Station and patrols have been increased in the area.

Anyone with information or footage which could assist the investigation should contact police by using the dedicated portal https://mipp.police.uk/operation/62SWP21B34-PO1

Alternatively we can be contacted via one of the following means quoting reference number 2100254215.