Mass brawl erupts on streets of Stoke-on-Trent as weapons wielded

A mass street brawl that erupted on the streets of Stoke-on-Trent left three men in hospital. Armed police swarmed Birches Head after a fight broke out in the Oak Street, Turner Street and Harrop Street area.

Trouble flared shortly after 4pm yesterday (July 7) with eye-witnesses saying hammers and planks of wood were being used as weapons. The three injuries parties were all taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital but their injuries are not deemed life-threatening or life-changing.

A 22-year-old man and a 20-year-old man, both from Stoke-on-Trent, have been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent. They both remain in custody for questioning.

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It is believed the incident may have been connected to video that was posted on social media involving a man kicking a dog. Today (11 July), officers also arrested a 63-year-old man, from Stoke-on-Trent, on suspicion of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal. He remains in custody for questioning.

Now Staffordshire Police are carrying out door-to-door enquiries and reviewing CCTV as part of their investigation.

A force spokesman said: "At about 4.05pm yesterday we were called to Oak Street in Birches Head when someone reported a fight involving a group of men. Armed officers, dog units and response officers went to the scene.

"After carrying out enquiries, we believe a hammer and a plank of wood was used in the fight. We’re keen to speak to anyone with any information that can help with our investigation."

Witnesses should call 101, quoting incident 478 of July 10 or message using Live Chat on the force's website. To report anonymously, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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