ARRESTS: A man armed with a sword was witnessed lashing out at two other men in a street brawl which could have led to much more serious injuries had the weapon not been blunt.

One man suffered a cut to his ear following the incident in The Crescent area of Stapleford at 5.30pm yesterday.

Armed officers from Nottinghamshire Police quickly responded and arrested three men, aged 32, 36 and 43.

A blunt Samurai sword was recovered at the scene.

Witnesses reported seeing a man running around with what they reported to police was a machete after two other men were seen smashing objects outside the address. It is believed this was a retaliation fight following an earlier incident.

Blows are alleged to have been struck to the victims’ heads, necks and chest areas with the weapon, but neither were left with any significant injuries. But police have said today that had the weapon been sharper it could have caused some really serious damage.

Detective Sergeant Matt Scott said: “Witnesses reported seeing a man armed with a Samurai sword allegedly confront the two males who were apparently causing the damage, swinging the sword at one man then lunging towards them both with the sword.

“The weapon clearly makes contact at some point as it caused a cut to one person’s ear, but thankfully no further injury was reported. The weapon we recovered was actually quite blunt, but had it been sharper this could have caused some very serious injuries.

“This incident was treated with the utmost severity having received a report from a member of the public that a man was running around the street with a machete.

“Thankfully officers quickly brought it to a safe conclusion and we’re grateful that there were no serious injuries.”Early indications suggest that those involved were known to each other.

“We absolutely won’t tolerate weapons and violence on our streets and this can be really distressing to those who witness it.”The men were all arrested for affray and they remain in custody while enquiries continue.”

Anyone who saw what happened or who has any information that could help is asked to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101 quoting incident 592 of 11 July.

Alternatively, people can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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