Four people were taken to hospital after a mass street brawl broke out just yards away from a police station.Sound frightening? It was:
Witnesses have described how three cars pulled up on the street at around 10.45pm on Thursday.
It is claimed up to 15 people got out of the vehicles – some armed with bats and bottles – and attacked two people in the street, before heading to a terraced property on the road.
Five men, aged between 16 and 57, suffered injuries during the incident, and four were taken to hospital with head and facial injuries.No descriptions are forthcoming. We all have a good idea of what that could mean, don’t we? But don’t panic! It’s OK, really…
Chief Inspector Adrian Roberts, Stoke North Local Policing Team Commander, said: "Officers were called to reports of a public order incident which was quickly brought to an end on police arrival.
"An investigation is now underway to establish exactly what happened. "I would like to reassure residents that this was an incident involving people known to each other and concerns a family dispute."Oh, whew! Well, if it was a family dispute, obviously there’s no need to worry.
‘Family’. It’s such a cozy, reassuring word, isn’t it? It conjures up images of the Von Traps, the Waltons, the Mansons, errr…wait…
In the comment thread (if it’s not been nuked by the mods by now) the arguments over who is behind it rage. But this comment gets to the heart of the matter:
“Aside from all the 'guesswork' re cultural/religious/racial background to this case, what I really find disturbing about this incidence of violence, is that a group of people, supposedly from one family, should take it upon themselves to attack members of a family (whether related or not) residing in a house a few doors away from a Police Station in the manner of a 'gang-land' attack' armed to the teeth -except no firearms or knives, without any undue concern -for the fact that a Police Station was so close by. It means they don't fear the consequences, don't fear the Police, or hold any respect for the law of the land. Anarchy is their politics, whatever there religion or race.... or cultural background. That's what is so disturbing, that aspect -the mindset.”Well, indeed. It’s almost like there’s a total scorn for the law of this land, a contempt for the potential consequences of their actions...