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Serious Fight Between Football Fans In Southend
Three men are being questioned by police after a man suffered serious head injuries following a big fight in Southend.
Officers were called to East Street at around 7.20pm yesterday (Saturday, March 21) following reports of a group of 15 football fans fighting in the street near the Railway pub.
A man, believed to be in his 40s and from Suffolk, was found on the floor with serious head injuries and has been taken to hospital.
Police used CS gas to get the brawl under control and arrested two men at the scene. The 33-year-old from Southend was arrested on suspicion of GBH while the 47-year-old from Cambridge was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage - the door of the pub had been smashed.
The pair are assisting officers at Southend Police Station.
Police then made a further arrest at 8.45pm in East Street following their enquiries. A 23-year-old man from Westcliff was arrested on suspicion of GBH and is currently at Basildon Police Station.
Enquiries are ongoing and East Street has been closed at St Benets Avenue for forensic investigations. It's likely that East Street will be closed for most of today (Sunday).
It is not known yet whether the incident is linked to Southend United's home game yesterday. The Blues drew 0-0 against Cambridge United at Roots Hall.
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