A 25-year-old Slough man has been charged with murder - following the death of a badly injured man found in the High Street in the early hours of Christmas Day.

Police believe 36-year-old Philip Deans may have lain there between the Contract Options offices and Peri Peri Chicken restaurant for more than a hour before he was found - possibly because people thought he was asleep.

Officers were called to the scene at 2.26am.

Mr Deans was taken to hospital for treatment where he died from his injuries on Boxing Day.

Dawid Debski, 25, of Faraday Close, Slough, was arrested on Saturday and charged with murder yesterday (Sunday) after a post mortem carried out that day confirmed the cause of death as a head injury.. He is due to appear at Reading Magistrates’ Court today.

Speaking before the arrest Investigating officer, Detective Inspector Sally Spencer, of the Major Crime Unit, based at Taplow police station, said: “We are currently working to establish the circumstances of this incident in which a man has tragically died.

“We believe there was an altercation with another man which left the victim on the ground in High Street for approximately one hour before he was found, appearing as if he was asleep.

“The victim was wearing a black beanie hat, black gloves, black jeans and a dark grey hooded jacket that had furry material inside the hood. Underneath his coat, he was wearing a black hooded jacket with a white zip and a white cord through the hood over a navy knitted woollen jumper. His shoes were dark coloured trainers with a white sole.

“I would urge any witnesses or anyone who has any information about what may have happened to please come forward.

“This happened in a busy area in which there were cars and people passing by.

“I would also appeal to any drivers to check dash-cam footage in case it may have captured something that could assist with our investigation.

“Anyone with information can contact police on 101 or make a report online quoting reference URN 150 25/12.

“Alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”