Assault charge after Christchurch brawl

OLIVIA CARVILLE AND CAROLINE KING
Last updated 15:51 25/07/2012
Simeon St brawl July 24
JOHN KIRK-ANDERSON/Fairfax NZ

BLOODY FIGHT: A brawl involving a group of men, thought to be in their early 20s, in Simeon St about 8pm ended with four people in hospital.

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A man has been charged with assault after a street fight in Spreydon, Christchurch last night.

Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Murton said the man, in his 30s, was arrested and charged last night.

He appeared in court today and was remanded on bail to reappear on  August 7.

He was one of two men treated at Christchurch Hospital last night and discharged.

Two other men remain in hospital.

Murton said investigations suggested up to eight people were involved in the brawl.

"We believe the incident occurred after a number of people arrived at the address by car, and a fight developed between that group and people at the address,'' he said.

"At this stage we do not know specifically what has triggered the fight. Weapons were involved, but we are not releasing details of the types of weapons.

"There are indications of some history of contact between the two groups of people."

The fight is believed to have occurred on the street outside the house.

A scene examination at the property will not be completed until late today or tomorrow.

Police are talking to nearby residents and other witnesses.

A dozen officers are continuing to work on the investigation.

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