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Man charged with GBH after Davenport stabbing

August 24, 2009
By Soccernet staff

A 25-year-old man has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm to West Ham defender Calum Davenport, Bedfordshire police said.

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GettyImagesCalum Davenport: The defender was stabbed in the legs.

Worrell Whitehurst, of Finsley Walk, Derby, was charged with GBH after the 26-year-old player was allegedly stabbed in Bedford on Saturday.

Bedfordshire Police said Whitehurst was also charged with causing actual bodily harm to Davenport's 49-year-old mother, as well as driving whilst disqualified and possession of a bladed article.

He will appear at Bedford Magistrates' Court on Monday, while a 19-year-old man arrested shortly after the incident was released on police bail pending further inquiries, police said.

A spokeswoman for the force said: ''A man has now been charged and is due to appear at Bedford magistrates' court this morning.''

Davenport is in a serious but stable condition while his mother is ''recovering well'', police added.

The defender, a former England Under-21 international, underwent emergency surgery at Bedford Hospital for stab wounds to both legs after an incident at his mother's home in Springfield Avenue, Bedford, at 5am on Saturday.

Before Sunday's match between the Hammers and Tottenham, both fans were united in their support for Davenport - who also played at Spurs - as news broke that he was in intensive care.

''It was unbelievable when we heard about it,'' manager Gianfranco Zola said. ''You don't expect these things to happen, especially to the people that you know. We are very, very sorry for him.''

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp added: ''I had him on loan, a lovely lad, inoffensive and it's really sad to see what's happened to him. Hopefully he'll pull through and be okay.

''You couldn't meet a brighter, more laid back lad than him. It's really sad.''