Five ar­rested as man is left fight­ing for life

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update - By MATTHEW REVILLE matthew.reville@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Et_reville

A MAN is fight­ing for his life in hospi­tal af­ter an al­leged night-time at­tack that led to five men be­ing ar­rested.

Paramedics found two men cov­ered in blood fol­low­ing a sus­pected as­sault out­side the Coco bar in Broad­way, Peter­bor­ough city cen­tre, shortly af­ter 2.30am yes­ter­day.

Po­lice say a 21-year-old-man was taken to Ad­den­brooke’s Hospi­tal with po­ten­tially life-threat­en­ing in­juries.

An­other man, aged 59, was also taken to Peter­bor­ough City Hospi­tal. His in­juries were de­scribed as se­ri­ous but not life-threat­en­ing.

Cam­bridgeshire Po­lice ar­rested five men aged be­tween 19 and 23 on sus­pi­cion of af­fray and held them in Thorpe Wood Po­lice Sta­tion for ques­tion­ing.

On­look­ers watched as po­lice of­fi­cers and Scene of Crime Of­fi­cers cor­doned off the pave­ment out­side Coco from 10am un­til 5pm yes­ter­day as they searched for clues to help their in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

A spokes­woman for Cam­bridgeshire po­lice said: “We were called at 2.44am to re­ports of con­cern for a man out­side Coco on Broad­way.

“A 21-year-old man was been taken to Ad­den­brooke’s Hospi­tal with se­ri­ous pos­si­bly life-threat­en­ing in­juries and a 59 year old man was taken to Peter­bor­ough City Hospi­tal with se­ri­ous in­juries.

“A 23, 21, 20 and two 19-year-old men were ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of

PROBE: Po­lice in­ves­ti­gate the scene out­side Coco af­ter an al­leged as­sault yes­ter­day morn­ing. af­fray. They are in cus­tody.

“We are work­ing through to try and es­tab­lish what has hap­pened by look­ing at CCTV and car­ry­ing out foren­sic ex­am­i­na­tions at the scene.”

Po­lice have de­clined to say whether any weapons were thought to be in­volved or if they were search­ing for more peo­ple in con­nec­tion with the al­leged as­sault, when asked by the ET.

The in­ci­dent has shocked peo­ple who work and shop in the city cen­tre, who had to avoid the po­lice cor- don.

The closed area ini­tially in­cluded Talk­ing Heads Hair Stu­dio, in Broad­way, but the cor­don was re­stricted to the pave­ment sur­round­ing Coco at around noon.

Em­ployee John Tirone said: “We had to rear­range ap­point­ments.

“It was re­ally busy when the po­lice got here but no­body seemed to know what was go­ing on. It’s usu­ally quiet down here, we’ve not had any­thing as nasty as this be­fore.”

Jan Os­borne, of Cow­bit, works in Broad­way and said: “It’s wor­ry­ing. There are young and old in this area, though I’m not sure how many peo­ple are here at 2.30am.”

An East of Eng­land Am­bu­lance Trust spokes­woman said: “We were called to re­ports of an as­sault at 2.48am.

“There were two peo­ple cov­ered in blood, and po­lice were on the scene. One male had a mouth in­jury and one male had a head in­jury.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should call Cam­bridgeshire po­lice on 101.

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