TWO men were arrested when a fight left a 31-year-old man with serious head injuries.
The victim, from Havant, was found lying unconscious in Warnford Crescent in the town after a row broke out between up to four men.
He was treated by paramedics at the scene before being taken by ambulance to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham.
His condition was last night described as serious but stable.
Police were called to the scene by a member of the public and cordoned off the area while they worked at the scene.
Officers later arrested two Waterlooville men in connection with the assault, which happened at about 6.30pm on Tuesday.
A 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and a 20-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of affray.
Last night they were both being held in police custody.
One resident in Warnford Crescent, who does not want to be named, said: ‘Everyone heard what happened.
‘I came back from the shop and there were police everywhere. I heard a lad got beaten up.
‘He was over by the lamppost, on the floor.
‘There was a paramedic car there as well.’
Resident Naomi Talman, 20, said: ‘There were about three or four police cars and an ambulance.
‘There were kids out playing football.
‘To start with we thought something had happened to one of them.
‘I looked out of the window and saw a man lying on the ground.’
‘Police cordoned off the road with tape.’
Doris Reeve, 80, has lived in Warnford Crescent for almost 50 years. She said: ‘We heard someone was beaten up across the road.
‘There’s not normally anything like this here.
‘It’s unusual and it’s a bit worrying. It’s terrible – you feel you can’t go out in the street when things like this happen.’
A spokesman for Hampshire Constabulary said: ‘We were called by a member of the public to reports of a disturbance happening in the street.
‘An altercation had happened, during which a 31-year-old man had suffered serious head injuries.
‘Two men were arrested. Police are now conducting an investigation into the exact circumstances.’
Anyone with information is asked to call Hampshire Constabulary on 101 or 0845 045 454544 quoting crime reference number 44110119893.
Alternatively call the Crimestoppers charity’s anonymous hotline on 0800 555111.