Two hurt in brutal doorstep fight

POLICE are investigating a fight in a peaceful Suffolk cul-de-sac which left a doorstep covered with a pool of blood and two men in hospital.

James Mortlock

POLICE are investigating an assault in a peaceful Suffolk cul-de-sac which left a doorstep covered with a pool of blood and two men in hospital.

The two victims - who were taken to West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds, were involved in the incident in the town's Alicia Court, which neighbours feared may have involved a knife.

Detectives were yesterday carrying out door-to-door inquiries in the area around Alicia Court, just of Bury's busy Southgate Street, following the attack at just after midnight on Sunday.

Det Insp Andy Smith, who is leading the inquiry, said: “Suffolk police are investigating an incident which occurred in Alicia Court in the early hours of this morning following a referral from the ambulance service.

“Both victims have now been discharged from hospital and we are appealing for witnesses to this incident to come forward so we can establish exactly what took place.”

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A spokesman for the ambulance service said a rapid response paramedic was the first on the scene of the incident.

The paramedic immediately requested back up from police and began to give first aid to the two men, one of whom was 21.

One of the victims had suffered head injuries and the other had injuries to his hand, said the spokesman. They were both taken to the Bury hospital by ambulance.

Neighbours in the sleepy close said they were shocked by what had happened but knew nothing until they awoke to find police in the cul-de-sac.

One man, who asked not to be named, said: “It's obviously a pretty nasty fight judging from the blood on the doorstep but I didn't hear any screaming or shouting. This is usually a pretty quite place and you don't expect this sort of thing to happen.” He said the house at the centre of the incident was occupied by a couple with children.

Another resident said he had heard that a knife had been involved in the attack.

Any witnesses to the incident should call police on 01284 774100 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.