A man was last night in a serious condition in Christchurch Hospital after an assault outside a Temuka hotel on Saturday night.
Timaru CIB detective Senior Sergeant Marion Neill said police were called to the Crown Hotel in Temuka at 8.50pm after receiving a report of fighting outside the premises.
A 29-year-old man was taken to Christchurch Hospital with serious head injuries.
Another man and a woman were treated by ambulance staff.
Mid-South Canterbury area commander Inspector Dave Gaskin said he understood there were two separate incidents between two men - one inside the hotel and another outside.
A 32-year-old man was arrested for assault on a 33-year-old man following a fight inside the public house and he will appear at Timaru District Court tomorrow.
Timaru police have spoken to witnesses to establish what happened and how the 29-year-old man sustained his injuries.
"We've been speaking to people today [Sunday], but if anybody saw anything or think they know something we should hear about, we would love to hear from them. They just need to contact the Timaru police station," Gaskin said.
People commenting on Timaru Herald social media sites had suggested someone had died following an assault in the township on Saturday night.
However, Gaskin said this was not true.
He said last night no-one had died, but police were dealing with a serious assault.
The Herald has also been told that there were other violent altercations outside two Timaru taverns over the weekend, but police were unable to provide any information on these yesterday.
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