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Assault, Barnstaple

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Appeal for witnesses

Police investigating reports of two assaults in Barnstaple on Thursday 15 July, at around 3.40pm, are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

A man and woman were both knocked unconscious and sustained injuries, including the woman sustaining a facial injury, at a property in John Gray Road, in an altercation with two men.

It is thought the handle of an axe was used in the reported assault but it has not been found.

It is thought there may have been other people in the vicinity at the time and officers would like anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information which could assist police enquiries to get in touch.

The axe is described as being homemade, with a dark wooden handle and a dark silver blade which looked tarnished and used.

A 32-year-old local man was arrested on suspicion of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault.

A 30-year-old local man was arrested on suspicion of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, common assault and possession of a class B drug.

Both have been released on police bail, pending further enquiries, to return on Thursday 12 August.

If you have any information that could help the police with their enquiries, please email or call 101, quoting crime reference CR/059561/21.

Alternatively, information can be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or via the charity’s website at

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