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CORRECTED: Appeal for information following disorder - Hereford

CORRECTION: Please note corrections to day of incident in bold below and road name.

West Mercia Police is appealing for witnesses or information following several incidents of disorder in Hereford on Tuesday (20 August).

Between 7.30pm and 9.50pm, a number of incidents are reported to have taken place:

  • A member of staff was assaulted outside a pub on Grandstand Road.
  • Damage was caused at an industrial unit near Grandstand Road.
  • A man in his 50s was assaulted in Widemarsh Common. His injured are not believed to be life-threatening.
  • Three males aged between 19 and 47 were assaulted on Edgar Street near the Courtyard Theatre. They required hospital treatment, their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
  • An attempted robbery of a wallet took place near McDonalds on Commercial Street.
  • A 17-year-old boy was assaulted on Commercial Road. He sustained minor injuries.

Five males aged between 15 and 25 were subsequently arrested on Commercial Road on suspicion of assault. They have all been released on bail whilst enquiries continue. 

Investigating officer, Det Sgt Frank Real of West Mercia Police said: "There were a number of incidents reported to us in Hereford on Wednesday, believed to have been caused by the same group, which I understand were very concerning for those who witnessed or experienced this behaviour.

"We do not tolerate this within our city and an investigation is now taking place.

"Enquiries are currently ongoing to ascertain exactly what happened, and we would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed any of the incidents, or been a victim themselves, to please come forward.

"If you have any information, please call West Mercia Police on 101 quoting incident number 728s of 20 August 2019."

Alternatively, information can be given to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their website.

Issued: 1.35pm, Thursday 22 August, HCB, Corporate Communications

Published 22/08/19