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Man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after Thatcham incident

Men hospitalised following altercation in restaurant

John Herring

John Herring


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A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following a fight in a Thatcham restaurant this afternoon (Thursday).

Two men, both believed to be in their 30s, have been taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Reports suggest a fight broke out between the two at the Szechuan Inn in High Street.

Ambulance and police officers were called at 1.07pm, with witnesses reporting seeing one man sat in the street covered in blood.

A spokeswoman for the South Central Ambulance Service, Catherine Morrow, said that one man had sustained a serious head injury while the other had been wounded in the arm.

One of the men, believed to be the man with the head injuries, has been taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

The other has been taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading.

Police have launched an investigation into the incident and a spokeswoman for Thames Valley Police, Connie Primmer, said that one of the men had been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Officers are at the scene making enquiries and providing reassurance to local residents, and a scene watch is in place.

Det Sgt Neil Williams from Newbury Force CID said: “At this stage we believe that there were only two people involved in this incident, both of whom have been taken to hospital. It appears the victim and the offender, who are both known to each other, had a disagreement which resulted in both sustaining injuries.

“As you may have seen, there is a large police presence in the area and this will remain in place whilst officers conduct enquiries. Incidents like this are extremely rare in Thatcham and we do not believe that there is a threat to the wider public as a result of this incident.

"If anyone has any concerns, please speak to officers who are on patrol in the area, or call 101 for advice.”

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