Detectives probe ‘large scale’ Sidmouth street violence

DETECTIVES are probing a late-night “large scale disorder” in Sidmouth town-centre that left a number of people “in need of emergency hospital treatment.”

DETECTIVES are probing a late-night ‘large-scale disorder’ in Sidmouth town centre that left a number of people ‘in need of emergency hospital treatment’.

Investigators believe an altercation spilled out of a town nightspot and ended in violence in Market Square and Fore Street in the early hours of last Sunday, April 10.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman told the Herald, as it went to press yesterday, that one man was punched in the face and head-butted by two others during an assault. No arrests had been made in connection with the incident.

“A large-scale disorder occurred,” said the spokesman. “A number of people suffered injuries which required emergency hospital treatment.

“Information leads us to believe that the incident started in a local night club and spillled out onto the streets in the town centre.

“We wish to reassure members of the public that inquiries have already provided useful leads in identifying those responsible and that incidents of this nature are both unusual and rare.”

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Detective Sergeant Jim Tarr said CCTV was being examined.

“We’re taking the matter very seriously and hope to make arrests in the near future,” he said.

Anyone with information, or who can assist in identifying potential offenders, can contact police on 08452 777444, or Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555111, crime reference number: KS/11/214.