Gang fight in Belper averted in early hours

A 13-YEAR-OLD-BOY was one of three Belper youths arrested in the early hours of Saturday morning after residents raised the alarm. Concerned residents contacted police at around 3.30am to report that two gangs were squaring up for a fight in Bridge Street. Witnesses said the youths were brandishing weapons, including pieces of wood, a knuckleduster and a claw hammer. Officers arrested three youths, aged 13, 16 and 17 before the argument could develop further.

The three teenage boys were detained by officers but then later released. It was also alleged two people had been punched, but police received no complaints of assault. Nor were any weapons confiscated at the scene.

The incident follows a “horrific attack” on a Belper man on Good Friday.

Kevin Lowe, 41, suffered a shattered jaw and a broken ankle after he was set upon in an unprovoked attack on Bridge Street and King Street at 11.15pm on April 22.

Police are still searching for Mr Lowe’s attackers.

Speaking about the most recent incident, a spokeswoman for Derbyshire Constabulary said: “We had quite a lot of people get in touch with us about this incident.

“We would like people who were in that area at around that time who have any information to get in touch.” Anyone who witnessed the incident should call police on 0345 123 3333.