Three teenagers who are accused of carrying out a stabbing in Trowbridge town centre have been remanded in custody by a judge.

The boys, two aged 17 and the other 16, are also said to have robbed another man of his phone along with a bag and its contents.

They are charged jointly with robbery and wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm on Tuesday February 13.

And each face an individual count of possessing an article with a blade or point on Bliss Meadow in the town on the same day.

No charges have formally been put to the youths, who cannot be named for legal reasons, and they have yet to enter any pleas.

After hearing that one of the older lads did not have a lawyer Judge Peter Crabtree OBE, sitting at Swindon Crown Court, put the case off to Friday July 26.

It is alleged two men were set upon and each stabbed in the buttocks and lower back area in an attack near Tesco Extra, on County Way, just after 11pm.

As a result 27-year-old Saleem Ayoub was left seriously injured, with his liver being punctured by a knife.

He was rushed to Southmead Hospital in Bristol in a critical condition with what were thought to be life threatening injuries.

David Maunder, prosecuting, told an earlier hearing that it was thought a piece of the vital organ had been sliced off in the alleged attack.

He said the stabbing took place in an area of outstanding natural beauty adjacent to the supermarket car park.

The second man was taken to the Royal United Hospital in Bath with less serious injuries.