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Incident on Market Street last night

There have been a number of reports of an incident involving several men on Market Street attacking a shop.

According to sources who contacted us, several people pulled up in a van and got out with crow bars. They then started smashing windows of Hot News opposite the Kennet Centre.

Meanwhile on social media, one user said: “Walk out Nando’s and 3 men are attacking people in a shop with axes and chainsaws.”

Thames Valley Police said at tround 7.20pm, officers were called to reports of a large fight outside the kebab shop on Market Street.

A large white van, with the rear doors open, then drove off with items of garden tools and other garden equipment falling from the van, leaving a trail of tools and garden cuttings along on Mill Lane and Hambridge Road towards Thatcham.

A 35-year-old man from Waltham Forest, London, has been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder, drink driving and dangerous driving.

A 21-year-old man from Newbury and a 26-year-old man from Waltham Forest, London, have been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder.

They all remain in police custody at this time.

The victim, a 40-year-old man, suffered facial injuries in the assault and was treated at the Royal Berkshire Hospital. He has since been discharged.

Investigating officer Sergeant Elliot Male, based at Newbury police station, said: “This was a large disturbance and I am appealing to anybody who may have witnessed the incident to contact 101, quoting reference number 43180283752.

“I’m also keen to hear from anybody that saw the van, with tools falling from the back, being driven, to make contact with police.”

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