FIVE people have been arrested following a series of assaults. Police were called to South Street, Yeovil, at 12.20am this morning (September 28) to reports from the ambulance service.

On arrival, officers found a number of people with injuries varying in severity.

Thirty minutes later, officers located two more people on Westminster Street who had also been assaulted.

Then, at 1.30am, a man requiring medical attention presented himself at Yeovil District Hospital.

In total, six men have received medical treatment, some of whom have stab wounds.

Two of the men are described as being in a critical condition.

Two boys and three men have been arrested in connection with the incident.

Chief Inspector Sharon Baker said: “This is a disturbing incident which at this stage we believe is related to county line drug dealing.

“Detectives are carrying out an investigation and will be speaking to all those involved at the earliest opportunity.

“In the meantime, two cordons are in place in South Street and Tabernacle Lane to allow specialist crime scene investigators to forensically examine the scenes.

“Residents will also notice an increased police presence in the area – this is to provide reassurance. Anyone with concerns about the incident is encouraged to speak to them or one of their neighbourhood team.”

She added: “We want to make Avon and Somerset a hostile area for drug-dealers and we’re working extremely hard to identify county lines operations.

“But we need people to be our eyes and ears to help eradicate dealing in our local communities. If you have information about people you believe are dealing drugs, please let us know.”

Anyone with information about the incident, or about people they believe to be dealing drugs, should contact police online or call the non-emergency number 101.

You can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their Anonymous Online Form.

No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to police when contacting Crimestoppers.