UPDATED: MAN LEFT WITH FACIAL INJURIES FOLLOWING NEWPORT ASSAULT

A police cordon has been erected at a busy Newport retail park following an incident this morning (Thursday).

Officers are in attendance at Town Gate Retail Park – the home of Halfords and Snap Fitness Gym – where a cordon has been put in place surrounding several car parking spaces at the corner of the building.

Hampshire Constabulary is yet to officially confirm the reason for the cordon and police presence, but it’s thought that the activity is in response to an assault, with a significant amount of blood present on the pavement and kerb.

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Island Echo has approached Hampshire Constabulary for a statement.

UPDATE @ 12:02 – Hampshire Constabulary has told Island Echo that a man in his 30s has been taken to hospital for treatment following an incident this morning.

Officers were called to the retail park at 09:05 following reports of an assault. A 34-year-old Freshwater man has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and remains in custody at this time.

Police believe this was an isolated incident and that there is no risk to the wider community.

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