Royston man charged with attempted murder and alleged possession of axe and knife after violent attack at chemical firm Johnson Matthey

The 53-year-old has been charged with attempted murder.

The 53-year-old has been charged with attempted murder. - Credit: Archant

A 53-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder, attempted grievous bodily harm and two counts of possession of an offensive weapon after an incident at Johnson Matthey in Royston on Wednesday night.

Peter Duffy, of Elm Walk in Royston, was charged after an alleged violent attack at the chemical firm in Orchard Road, which left two men hospitalised. He is due to appear before Hatfield Remand Court today.

Police were called shortly before 11pm on Wednesday after reports of an incident which left two men injured – a knife and an axe were recovered at the scene.

Both men were taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge for treatment and are currently in a stable condition.

A spokesman for Johnson Matthey said: “Johnson Matthey PLC can confirm that an incident took place on its Royston site on Wednesday evening and that this is now in the hands of the police.

“Johnson Matthey is co-operating fully with the police. Because there is an on-going police investigation, the company is not able to make any further comment.”

Police are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident.