Bats and bottles are used in mass brawl in Tunstall
FOUR people were taken to hospital after a mass street brawl broke out just yards away from a police station.
More than a dozen people were involved in the disturbance on Park Terrace, Tunstall, which is believed to have been centred around a family dispute.
Witnesses have described how three cars pulled up on the street at around 10.45pm on Thursday.
It is claimed up to 15 people got out of the vehicles – some armed with bats and bottles – and attacked two people in the street, before heading to a terraced property on the road.
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Five men, aged between 16 and 57, suffered injuries during the incident, and four were taken to hospital with head and facial injuries.
A further five men, aged between 19 and 39, were arrested and were being questioned by police last night.
One man, who runs a taxi company in the area, remains in hospital where he is being treated for a suspected fractured skull.
His family claim he was attacked by a hired gang.
Yesterday, police carried out house-to-house inquiries in the area as they tried to piece together what had happened.
The 16-year-old son of the man in hospital, who did not want to be named, said: "I was walking down the street when a car pulled up and all these men got out.
"One hit me over the head with a bat and I was kicked and punched by about four or five people when I was on the floor.
"I screamed and my dad came out and that is when they attacked him, but I was unconscious after that."
Neighbours reported hearing shouting and screaming from the street.
One neighbour, who also wanted to remain nameless, said: "I heard a lot of noise, but the fighting was over by the time I went out.
"There were quite a few people covered in blood and some of the people who were injured were in a bad way.
"It wasn't pleasant at all."
The incident came to an end shortly after the police arrived.
West Midlands Ambulance Service sent two ambulances to the scene.
Chief Inspector Adrian Roberts, Stoke North Local Policing Team Commander, said: "Officers were called to reports of a public order incident which was quickly brought to an end on police arrival.
"An investigation is now underway to establish exactly what happened.
"I would like to reassure residents that this was an incident involving people known to each other and concerns a family dispute.
"Officers will be in the area carrying out house to house inquiries and will continue high visibility patrols to offer reassurance and support to residents."
Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting incident number 865 Or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.