Nine people arrested after man stabbed and another struck with baseball bat during fight in Holton near Halesworth
Nine people have been arrested following a fight in a Suffolk village last night during which a man was stabbed.
Police were called to reports of an altercation involving several people in Holton, near Halesworth, at about 10.20pm.
Officers said one group of suspects is reported to have travelled to an address in Orchard Valley in a people carrier – 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.
Five men – aged 18, 21, 23, 26 and 46, a 24-year-old woman, and a 15-year-old boy were all arrested on suspicion of assault causing grievous bodily harm, possession of an offensive weapon and affray.
Meanwhile a 29-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy were both arrested on suspicion of affray.
Two of the men who were arrested were taken to hospital for treatment, but one has since been discharged.
A police spokesman said eight of the suspects are currently in custody for questioning, while one man who has 'deep lacerations' on his arms remains in hospital for treatment.
The spokesman said they are linking this incident to a report of an earlier altercation yesterday evening, which happened in Blythburgh at about 6pm, during which two teenage boys are alleged to have had a fight.
Inspector Mark Jackson, Local Policing Commander for Halesworth, said he wants to reassure residents in the area that there is no threat to the wider community following the incidents.
He said: "We understand that an incident of this nature may cause some concern in a small village like Holton, but I would like to reassure local residents that we believe this to be entirely contained to the parties involved and as such there is no threat to the wider community.”
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.