Two arrested as street fight leaves man in hospital

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TWO men have been arrested after a street fight in which a victim needed hospital treatment.

Police and paramedics were called to Hawthorn Crescent, Cosham, after the attack on a 40-year-old man.

He was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital where he was treated for head injuries, which were initially thought to be life-threatening but later were found to be less serious.

Police used a helicopter to help track down two men – aged 23 and 25 – in connection with the assault at 6.40pm on Wednesday.

Both were arrested and have been released on police bail until April 21.

It had been reported by police that the victim had been stabbed.

But officers now believe the victim may have been hit by an object during the scuffle.

Police are now appealing for witnesses to the fight to come forward.

PC Jo Shields, of Portsmouth Central Police Station, said: ‘A 40-year-old man was taken by ambulance to hospital with what was initially thought to be a life- threatening injury to his head.

‘He was treated at the Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, for what was later deemed to be a superficial injury.

‘It appears he may have been hit with an object which caused a cut to his head.

‘Two men, aged 23 and 25, were arrested on suspicion of assault.

‘We’re continuing our investigations into what happened and would like to hear from anyone who may be able to help our inquiry.’

Any witnesses, or anyone with information, is asked to contact PC Shields at Portsmouth Central Police Station on 101.

Alternatively, potential witnesses can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.