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Mass machete brawl at Bournemouth campus


A 17-year-old girl has been arrested after two 'rival Afghan and Romanian gangs' sparked a mass machete brawl at Bournemouth college campus.

It is believed that the fight was between rival groups of Afghan and Romanian students at the college, aged between 16 to 20.

Police attended the scene and two men, aged 24 and 25, were arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent.

The pair were both taken to hospital for treatment to minor injuries, confirmed Dorset Police.

Meanwhile, a 17-year-old girl was arrested on suspicion of assault and wounding with intent.

Two male teenagers and a man aged in his 20s sustained minor injuries during the incident and were also taken to hospital for treatment.

The two groups came together at about 2.45pm on Thursday when a fight suddenly kicked off.

Two of the young men were said to have pulled out machetes during the fight and it is thought two people were stabbed.

The brawl spilt out into the road and college security staff 'flew out the doors' to try and intervene.

One student, who asked not to be named, said: 'There are Afghan and Romanian gangs at the college and they hate each other. There was a fight a few weeks ago and they said ''this is not over'' and it all kicked off again.

Five people were taken to hospital for treatment, with one of them being rushed to Southampton General Hospital, where there is a major trauma centre. His injuries are said to be serious but non life-threatening.

PoliceĀ arrested a 24-year-old man and a 25-year-old man at the scene on suspicion of wounding with intent. They were taken to hospital for treatment to minor injuries.

The Roundhouse, a hotel which houses immigrants opposite the college, has been closed and locals do not know when it will reopen after this incident.