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Attacks leave five people in hospital

PUBLISHED: 11:03 01 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:36 03 March 2010

THE nightclub scene in Ipswich has been left reeling today after a spate of violent incidents saw five people hospitalised.

Police and ambulance crews spent the late part of Saturday night and early Sunday morning dealing with assaults outside Brannigans nightclub in Cardinal Park and the Opium Lounge on Tacket Street.

By Seb Short

Sebastian.short@ecng.co.uk

THE nightclub scene in Ipswich has been left reeling today after a spate of violent incidents saw five people hospitalised.

Police and ambulance crews spent the late part of Saturday night and early Sunday morning dealing with assaults outside Brannigans nightclub in Cardinal Park and the Opium Lounge on Tacket Street.

The first incident occurred just after 11pm outside Brannigans. Two men became involved in a brawl, with one man eventually being taken to Ipswich Hospital. The extent of his injuries are not thought to be serious.

Suffolk Police confirmed today that they arrested a 28-year-old Ipswich man on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm. He has been released on police bail to re-appear on Thursday.

Just an hour later officers dealt with another violent incident, this time outside the Opium Lounge.

A man is believed to have been cut across the face with an unknown instrument, and required hospital treatment. His injury was not major.

A 25-year-old Liverpool man was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm and will re-appear before police on Wednesday October 24.

An East Anglian Ambulance crew control room receiver also confirmed that they attended two more incidents on Sunday morning, although police could not confirm they attended.

The first occurred around 12.40am, and also occurred at Cardinal Park, near to the KFC building.

A man suffered a broken wrist following an assault and was taken to Ipswich Hospital also. Suffolk Police confirmed that they did attend the incident, but it is unclear at the present time whether the matter will be taken any further.

Just ten minutes later an ambulance crew attended the Neptune Snooker Club, Neptune Quay. They confirmed that two people were taken to hospital after collapsing near the club, but could not confirm whether it was a medical problem or an alcohol related incident.

In relation to the first two incidents, Ipswich Police spokeswoman Lisa Wilson said: "We are still appealing for witnesses to come forward if they know anything. We would appreciate it if they called Suffolk Police immediately on 01473 613500."

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