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Crawley man in coma after high street brawl

Crawley High Street Image copyright Google
Image caption Police said the fight broke out in the high street at about 03:00 BST

A man is in an induced coma after a fight police said involved "possibly a baseball bat and metal bar".

The 22-year-old was in a car when he got into an argument with people in another two cars in Crawley, Sussex, at about 03:00 BST on Saturday.

Police believe two Suzukis and a silver BMW drove into the high street, before several people got out and started fighting outside Lloyds Barbers.

Five people have been arrested and remain in custody, police said.

  • A 21-year-old man and a 22-year-old man, both from Crawley, have been arrested on suspicion of GBH with intent.
  • A 27-year-old man from Crawley has been arrested on suspicion of affray.
  • A 23-year-old man from Redhill has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage.
  • A 16-year-old boy from Crawley has been arrested on suspicion of using threatening words or behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress; drunk and disorderly and assaulting a police officer.
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Image caption The fight took place outside Lloyds Barbers, police said

Officers said they believed those involved knew each other.

Det Insp Wendy Burton added: "It is unclear how the victim [became] unconscious but he is in an extremely serious and life-threatening condition and has been placed into an induced coma."

"We believe all those involved are known to each other and this is not a random attack.

"We would urge anyone with information to come forward and help us."

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