A dispute in a KFC restaurant has left a man with a fractured jaw and two lost teeth.
Hastings Police are investigating a serious assault that occurred in the KFC carpark on Heretaunga Street West last night.
The assault occurred around 8.30pm left the 51-year-old male victim with a double fracture of his jaw, two missing teeth and cuts to his face, arms and legs.
The man received treatment in Hawke's Bay Hospital last night and was to be flown to Palmerston North Hospital today for surgery on his jaw.
Detective Rob Parker of Hastings CIB said it appeared the man had had a minor dispute with customers inside the restaurant, had gone out into the carpark and then been assaulted by at least two males.
A scene examination was completed this morning and Police were speaking with witnesses.
''Initial enquiries tell us there were a number of customers both inside and outside the restaurant at the time of this incident and we'd appreciate any assistance these people can provide with the investigation,'' Mr Parker said.
- The Dominion Post
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