Police declare ‘very serious incident’ as two attacked and public told stay away

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Two people have been rushed to hospital after a "serious assault" in Barnstaple, Devon.

Members of the public were warned to avoid the area around Bear Street with the incident still ongoing.

The cause or nature of the incident is not yet known.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokeswoman said: "Police were called to Bear Street, Barnstaple, at around 4.20pm following reports of a serious assault.

"Two people has been taken to hospital and another person has been detained at the scene.

"Officers remain in the area and the incident is ongoing. Members of the public are asked to avoid the area at this time."

Bus operator Stagecoach also tweeted to say that some of its services had been affected by the police incident.

It wrote: "Services currently unable to serve Boutport Street, Green Lanes or Bear Street due to a police incident.

"All services operating via the inner relief road until further notice.

"Please catch your Ilfracombe bound buses from the Bus Station. Sorry for any inconvenience."

Traffic reporting service Inrix says Bear Street, where the incident took place in the centre of the town, remains blocked.

The latest alert said: "Bear Street partially blocked, heavy traffic due to police incident at Boutport Street.

"Around Green Lanes shopping centre.

"All bus services operating via the inner relief road."

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