Man in critical condition after street disturbance

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A man is fighting for his life following a street disturbance in Preston.

Police were called at around 4.05am on Saturday morning to a report of a group of men fighting in the street and causing damage to vehicles on Moorfield Drive, Ribbleton.

Ten people from Preston have now been arrested.

They are a 15-year-old boy, a 23-year-old man, a 28-year-old man and a 29-year-old man arrested on suspicion of affray. They have been bailed pending further enquiries.

Also arrested on suspicion of Section 18 wounding are a 22-year-old man, a 23-year-old man, two 29-year-old men and a 40-year-old man. They are currently in custody.

A 21-year-old man who was arrested for affray later complained of feeling unwell and was transferred to the Royal Preston Hospital at around 5pm on Saturday evening where he remains in a critical but stable condition with a bleed on the brain. It is unclear at this stage how he came by his injuries.

Police are investigating and the matter has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, as a matter of routine.

Detective Supt Paul Withers, of the Force Major Investigation Team, said: “We are treating this incident extremely seriously and I would appeal for anyone who witnessed this incident or who has any information to contact us.

“While the exact sequence of events on that night remains unclear, there is a 21 year old man who is very poorly in hospital and I am determined to find out what happened which has left him fighting for his life.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log number 0318 of November 1st or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.