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Eight people bailed and man remains in hospital following fight in Holton near Halesworth




Eight people who were arrested following a fight in a Suffolk village this week during which a man was stabbed have been released on bail, police have confirmed today.

Officers are continuing to investigate the incident after they were called to reports of an altercation involving several people at about 10.20pm on Monday in Holton, near Halesworth.

One man who had been arrested in connection with the incident remains in hospital and has been de-arrested but will be formally questioned at a later date.

Eight people who were arrested following a fight in a Suffolk village this week during which a man was stabbed have been released on bail. Picture: Mark Westley
Eight people who were arrested following a fight in a Suffolk village this week during which a man was stabbed have been released on bail. Picture: Mark Westley

Police said on Monday evening, a group of suspects was reported to have travelled to an address in Orchard Valley in a people carrier, and some were alleged to have had weapons with them including baseball bats.

A fight then broke out outside a house in the street, during which one man was struck to the head with a baseball bat and another man sustained knife wounds to his arms.

After officers arrived on the scene, they located two vehicles which were believed to be linked to the incident.

Nine people, all from the Halesworth area, were subsequently arrested in connection with the incident. Two were taken to hospital for treatment, but one was later discharged.

The eight people taken into police custody for questioning have now been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Four men – aged 18, 21, 23, and 26, a 24-year-old woman, and a 15-year-old boy who were all arrested on suspicion of assault causing grievous bodily harm, possession of an offensive weapon and affray, have been bailed until Friday, December 11.

Meanwhile a 29-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy who were both arrested on suspicion of affray have been bailed until Monday, December 14.

A 46-year-old man who was also arrested on suspicion of assault causing grievous bodily harm, possession of an offensive weapon and affray remains in hospital.

A police spokesman said he has been de-arrested at this stage and will be formally questioned at a later date.

The spokesman said they are linking this incident to a report of an earlier altercation on Monday evening, which happened in Blythburgh at about 6pm, during which two teenage boys are alleged to have had a fight.

Any witnesses, or anyone with information about these incidents, is asked to contact East CID at Lowestoft Police Station, by calling 101, emailing EastCID@suffolk.pnn.police.uk or visiting the Suffolk Police website, and quoting reference 66620/20.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form.

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