Lancashire

Nelson Men carrying machetes leaves two men needing surgery

Brunswick Street in Nelson Image copyright Google
Image caption The fight on Brunswick Street has been linked to two earlier incidents by police

A fight involving a group of men carrying machetes has left two people needing surgery, police have said.

The disturbance broke out on Brunswick Street in Nelson, at about 01:15 BST.

One man, aged 19, suffered injuries to a leg and hand, while another 19-year-old suffered serious stomach wounds, a Lancashire Police spokesman said.

Four men from Nelson and two from Burnley have been arrested on suspicion of assault.

A seventh man, from Nelson, was also arrested on suspicion of obstructing a police officer.

The police spokesman said an 18-year-old man also suffered an arm injury, but was discharged after hospital treatment.

He said the fight may be linked to two others in Nelson on Monday, one close to a Spar store in Manchester Road at about 23:00 and another in Southfield Street at about 23:40.

Det Insp Nikki Bithell described the fights as "shocking and very serious" but said officers did not believe there was any threat to the wider public.

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