FULL STORY: Men attacked with garden tools

Pictures Martin Bostock Scene pics of a street fight on Riversway, Poulton, involving two gardeners - one was stabbed with a fork, another was hit over the head with a shovel. Both been taken to hospital
Pictures Martin Bostock Scene pics of a street fight on Riversway, Poulton, involving two gardeners - one was stabbed with a fork, another was hit over the head with a shovel. Both been taken to hospital
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HAMMERS and pitchforks were used in a brutal attack as rival gardening firms violently clashed on a quiet suburban street.

Two men were working in Riversway, 
Poulton yesterday morning when they were set upon by the gang, who were armed with gardening tools.

One of the victims had his teeth knocked out 
after being smacked around the head with a garden shovel while the other was stabbed in the head and arm with the pitchfork.

The violent gang then smashed the windscreen of the pair’s truck before 
fleeing the scene – leaving the two men laying bloodied in the road at 10.25am.

The victims, aged 48 and 43, were taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital while four men were arrested by police on the M6.

Police say all six men, from the Manchester area, are believed to be known to each other.

Today, stunned neighbours told how their normally quiet street turned into a battle scene.

Jean Grimes, who lives on Riversway, said: “I heard the commotion because I came outside and by this time the police had arrived.One of the men went white and had four fork stab wounds.

“As he spat, all his teeth came out. It’s a vicious attack.”

Maureen Charnley, 68, from Riversway, said: “There was a fracas, they had got a hammer and broke the windows.

“I just don’t believe it, it doesn’t happened round here.”

Sue Douglas, from nearby Fouldrey Avenue, said: “It’s not very nice. They’ve been delivering compost in the area for years. The gang have attacked them with hammers.”

Another man who lives on Breck Road, but asked not want to be named, said: “Somebody’s taken offence about something and all hell has let loose.

“They were fighting and the two came off worst against the four.

“They were laying in the road – one was bleeding from his nose, his mouth and his ears.

“They were in a mess and they’ve really taken a pasting.”

Four men, aged 27, 28, 42 and 53 from Manchester, have been arrested on suspicion wounding with intent and are currently in police custody.

The man hit with the spade lost several teeth and will require surgery to a suspected broken jaw.

Det Insp Beverley Foster said: “This is a serious incident which has happened in broad daylight in the middle of a residential street.

“The motive for the assaults are unknown at this stage but we’re speaking with witnesses and are investigating circumstances of exactly what has happened.

“Officers are carrying out house to house enquires but I’d appeal to anybody that witnessed any part of this assault of with any information that could assist with our investigation to contact Lancashire Police on 101.”

North West Ambulance Service confirmed crews took two casualties to hospital after being called at 10.27am.

One man was taken to Preston Royal Infirmary suffering a stab wound to the arm and an injury to his ear.

The other man was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital suffering head and facial injuries.

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