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Further arrests after village disturbance

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: April 20, 2013

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OFFICERS investigating an incident in Blythe Bridge have now made further arrests.

Police were called to a disturbance near the Duke of Wellington pub in Uttoxeter Road at around 10pm on Friday, April 5, and six arrests were made.

During the incident, which involved a large group of at least ten men fighting with various weapons, a vehicle was damaged and an 18-year-old man suffered head injuries.

He received treatment at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire and was later arrested on suspicion of affray.

Officers made five more arrests of three men aged 17, a 19-year-old and a 48-yearold; they are all from Stoke-on-Trent and the Staffordshire Moorlands.

A further six males have now been arrested, bringing the total number to twelve.

Ten teens, a 14-year-old, two aged 16, four aged 17, an 18-year-old, two aged 19, along with a 23-year-old man and a 48-year-old man, all from Stoke-on-Trent and the Staffordshire Moorlands, remain on police bail pending further inquiries.

Police are asking local residents to search for any discarded weapons, like baseball bats, that may be hidden in their gardens.

Police are also seeking witnesses to come forward as a number of passing motorcyclist could have seen the incident.

Witnesses who have not yet come forward are asked to contact PC Mark Warrilow at Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 839 of April 5.

Alternatively, they can contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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