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Three held after vicious attack in Weymouth street
THREE men are being quizzed over a street attack in Weymouth town centre in which a man was viciously assaulted.
Police said the 21-year-old local man suffered serious injuries to his face and head in the attack in Maiden Street about 6.40am yesterday.
He was rushed to hospital after being treated at the roadside by paramedics.
A pool of blood was seen in Maiden Street near the junction with St Alban Street as officers launched an investigation and cordoned off the area.
Forensic officers were called in to search for clues at the scene. Police left the scene about 9am and reopened Maiden Street after recovering a grey jumper from the scene.
One trader nearby, who did not wish to be named, said: “I heard a man was badly injured in a fight and was carried away on a stretcher between 6am and 7am.
“There was also a large puddle of blood left on the road.
“There’s always some kind of shenanigans here in the morning, I come in at 5am most days and there are always drinkers still out on the seafront from the night before.”
One shop owner nearby, who also did not wish to be named, said at 6.30am he saw a man lying in the road.
He added: “I thought it was just a drunken fight, but there were also big pools of blood which led me to believe the man was quite badly hurt.”
One resident said the fight woke him up at 6.30am but that late night arguments were common in Maiden Street after people had been out drinking.
A Dorset Police spokesperson said: “At 6.43am, officers were called to a report of an injured man along Maiden Street in Weymouth. Officers attended and located a man with a suspected eye injury. He was taken to Dorset County Hospital.”
Detective Inspector Stewart Dipple, of Weymouth CID, added: “I am appealing for anyone with information about the alleged assault to contact us urgently.
“I have information that further witnesses were present at the time and I urge them to come forward and speak to the police.
“Witnesses to the incident should call Dorset Police on 101 quoting incident number 13:55.”
A 23-year-old man and two 21-year-old men, all from Weymouth, have been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and are helping officers with inquiries.
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