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Thursday, 24 July 2014

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Eight hurt, five arrested as trouble flares in Carlisle

Eight people were hurt and five were arrested as late-night drunken violence flared.

The trouble erupted outside various bars and clubs in Carlisle city centre on Saturday night.

Police said they dealt with a total of six separate assaults between around 10pm and 5am yesterday as part of the ‘night-time economy’.

One woman and seven men suffered injuries ranging from minor cuts and bruises to swelling and facial injuries.

Police said none of the victims were seriously hurt but two men were taken to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle as a precaution.

Four of the incidents happened in Botchergate, outside the County Hotel, Ibis Hotel, Walkabout and the Vue Cinema. The fifth was reported in Lonsdale Street.

Inspector Andy Hanson said: “We work hard to keep our towns safe and enjoyable places to spend the night, and take any violence or aggressive behaviour very seriously.”

Five men, aged, 22, 23, 25, 34, and 38, were arrested on suspicion of assault in connection with the separate incidents.

Meanwhile, police are also investigating after two women were assaulted at Upperby Men’s Institute in Lamb Street, Carlisle, at around 11pm on Saturday. No arrests have been made.

Earlier in the weekend, a man suffered an injury to his eye after he was allegedly punched in what was believed to be an unprovoked attack by another man.

The incident happened opposite Club Concrete in Lowther Street, Carlisle, in the early hours of Saturday.

Police say the man in question is believed to be “of Asian background” and in his early 20s, and are appealing for any witnesses to contact them on 101.

Police mount patrols to prevent trouble on weekend nights in Carlisle and try to intervene early if any disturbances are brewing to keep the peace.

Figures covering the end of December and the beginning of January showed violent crime had fallen in Carlisle city centre.

There were 26 assaults between December 17 and January 3 in a patch covering the heart of the city, down on 40 over the same period in 2012/13 and a huge drop on 61 the year before.

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