One arrested after lunchtime punch-up in Nelson city
Surprised shoppers in Nelson witnessed a fight in the middle of Trafalgar St on Wednesday afternoon.
Video footage showed two men shouting at each other before throwing punches outside the Farmers store.
The pair continued to fight on the courtesy crossing near Farmers before members of the public intervened.
Police arrived on the scene soon after 12:35pm and took away one of the men.
A police spokesperson confirmed a 42 year-old man was arrested for fighting in public, although charges were yet to be laid
Luke Hikuroa was one of several people who tried to break up the fight after he saw punches being thrown.
For his trouble, he got a hefty graze on his elbow.
"I guess I got in the line of fire," he said.
While it was unclear what started the fight, Hikuroa said he heard one of the men being accused of theft prior to the fight starting.
He felt compelled to help when he saw the violence erupt.
"I didn't know if I should go in there and be like "calm down", but there was two guys trying to beat up the one guy so I was like "whoa, get out of it," he said.
Rebekah Weatherall was busking across the road and was shocked to see a fight break out in front of her.
She said there had been about six people involved in the altercation, with three men driving off in a green vehicle
"As soon as they got wind that the cops were coming, they were off," she said.