Investigations continue into ‘life-threatening’ gang attack

PUBLISHED: 20:30 18 July 2015 | UPDATED: 14:15 20 July 2015

Officers continue their Prospect Place investigations on Saturday evening.

Officers continue their Prospect Place investigations on Saturday evening.

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POLICE investigations are continuing tonight (Saturday), 24 hours after a gang attack in central Weston left a man fighting for his life.

Prospect Place remains closed to traffic as forensics officers scour the scene of last night’s incident, which saw two men seriously hurt.

Officers were first called to the area at 8pm yesterday (Friday) after two people were reportedly assaulted by three other men.

The two victims were taken to Weston General Hospital, although the ‘life-threatening’ nature of the injuries suffered by one of them meant he was subsequently transferred to Southmead Hospital in Bristol for specialist treatment.

The Mercury understands he remains in critical condition, although the nature of his injuries remains unclear. The man has not yet been named.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary has retained what a spokesman described as ‘a large police presence’ in the area throughout today.

Police vehicles line nearby Alfred Street and Orchard Street, while a cordon is manned at each end of Prospect Place.

Investigations are believed to centre on the part of Prospect Place occupied by Saffron House, a block of 12 flats.

Officers are appealing for information regarding the whereabouts of the three men thought to have carried out the attack, who fled the scene on push bikes.

A spokesman said: “We are appealing for anyone who was in the locality of Prospect Place last night between 7.30-8.30pm to contact us as a matter of urgency.

“Anyone with information should call us now on 101 and quote log reference number 1048 of 17/7.”

A constabulary spokesman told the Mercury the increased police presence will remain ‘to reassure the community’ in the wake of the incident, and thanked neighbours ‘for their co-operation’ during the investigation.

* UPDATE: Three men have been arrested in connection with this incident.

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