Groups clash after party

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A late night party at the weekend turned sour after a crowd thought to be of about 50 people clashed in a Spalding street.

Trouble flared in Spring Gardens where police were called to break up a disturbance which broke out at about 11.40pm.

A number of people living in Spring Gardens had just finished watching the World Cup third/fourth place playoff match between Brazil and Holland when they heard a “clamour in the street” which they thought was from fans who had watched the match in pubs around Spalding.

One resident, who asked not to be named, said: “The football match hadn’t long finished so we could have been forgiven for thinking that the clamour in the street was the celebratory noises of the winning team’s alcohol-fuelled supporters.

“Sadly, it was something far worse as what appeared to be a melee was taking place out on the street, surrounded by a crowd of some 50 strong people. “It seemed that two groups were making their way home from whatever late night revelry they had been enjoying, only to come together in Spring Gardens.”

It is not yet known what caused the trouble but police confirmed that no assaults had been reported and there were no arrests.

The resident said: “It looked like a small number of youths decided to take out a personal grudge on the crowd they happened to come across but, eventually, the police arrived in numbers and the crowd started to thin out.

“In the morning, the only reminders of what happened the night before was the back of someone’s watch that had been discarded and some hair that was blown down the road in the wind.”

A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said: “At 11.40pm on Saturday, police responded to a report of a disturbance in Spring Gardens, Spalding, which appeared to be a follow-on from a party in Winsover Road, Spalding.

“Several people in the area were spoken to, but there were no formal complaints of an assault.”

The trouble in Spring Gardens was the latest in a series of disturbance in Spalding over recent days.

On Saturday morning, two men were arrested in Market Place and later charged with being drunk and disorderly and resisting a police officer.

Spalding community policing inspector Jim Tyner said: “My officers will be continuing their patrols to tackle anti-social behaviour linked to street drinking.”