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Woman left ‘petrified’ as two gangs armed with garden equipment and a chainsaw clash in Norfolk market town

PUBLISHED: 06:00 03 October 2017 | UPDATED: 08:41 04 October 2017

The fight erupted shortly before 3.30pm on Friday on the small residential street of Fleeters Hill in Hingham. Photo: Luke Powell.

The fight erupted shortly before 3.30pm on Friday on the small residential street of Fleeters Hill in Hingham. Photo: Luke Powell.

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A quiet street in a market town erupted into violence as two gangs armed with garden equipment and a chainsaw clashed.

The fight erupted shortly before 3.30pm on Friday on the small residential street of Fleeters Hill in Hingham. Photo: Luke Powell.The fight erupted shortly before 3.30pm on Friday on the small residential street of Fleeters Hill in Hingham. Photo: Luke Powell.

It left one teenager with a wound to his torso after being struck with the chainsaw, which was running at the time.

MORE: Five arrested and one injured after chainsaw and garden spades used in fight

Another allegedly threatened to “wrap” a spade around the head of a man.

The fight erupted shortly before 3.30pm on Friday on the small residential street of Fleeters Hill in Hingham.

The fight erupted shortly before 3.30pm on Friday on the small residential street of Fleeters Hill in Hingham. Photo: Luke Powell.The fight erupted shortly before 3.30pm on Friday on the small residential street of Fleeters Hill in Hingham. Photo: Luke Powell.

Police said five men were arrested, and one person required medical treatment after being cut.

It is understood the incident was the result of a long-running neighbourhood dispute, which had boiled over.

One woman, who did not wish to be named, said she was watching TV in bed when she heard commotion outside.

“I saw all the men running in different directions, and it was just fists to begin with,” she said.

“But then all of a sudden a chainsaw came out, then loads of other garden tools.

“One boy was threatening to wrap a spade around an older bloke’s head.

“The chainsaw was running and a young lad got cut by it across his chest. He was bleeding quite a bit.”

“It was initially between two males, but they had gangs on each side.

“This all boils down to someone reporting the others to the council for having fires, and them accusing someone as being the ones who reported them.”

“It’s disgusting what has happened.”

Five men, two aged in their 40s, one in his 30s, one in his 20s and another in his late teens, were arrested on suspicion of affray.

They have all been released pending further investigation.

It is understood that a teenager was cut across his torso with the chainsaw, but was not seriously injured.

A police spokesman said: “It does appear that spades and a chainsaw or hedge cutter were used.

“But it does not appear that anyone was seriously hurt.”

Another witness, who only wanted to be described as a pensioner, said the area was predominantly made up of older people, and was normally a quiet place to live.


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