Moment men brawl in the street as police seize hammer and knife

This is the shocking moment a mass group of thugs armed with knives and hammers had a mass brawl on the streets of Salford.

Greater Manchester Police said around 20 men were involved in the incident.

Weapons including a knife and a hammer have been seized and there were initial reports of shots being fired.

But police have yet to find evidence to confirm that a firearm was used.

Armed officers raced to the scene and five men aged 44, 42, 40, 33 and 31 were arrested on suspicion of affray.

Greater Manchester Police said around 20 men were involved in the incident with witnesses reporting armed police breaking it up

Greater Manchester Police said around 20 men were involved in the incident with witnesses reporting armed police breaking it up

Greater Manchester Police said around 20 men were involved in the incident with witnesses reporting armed police breaking it up

Five men aged 44, 42, 40, 33 and 31 were arrested on suspicion of affray and two vehicles at the scene were seized

Five men aged 44, 42, 40, 33 and 31 were arrested on suspicion of affray and two vehicles at the scene were seized

Five men aged 44, 42, 40, 33 and 31 were arrested on suspicion of affray and two vehicles at the scene were seized

There have been no reports of injuries to those involved in the fight or to officers who responded.

A police spokesman said: ‘Police were called at 10.15pm on Friday 12 February to a report of a disturbance involving around 20 men – some with weapons – in an alleyway off Blackfriars Road, Salford.

‘Five men – aged 44, 42, 40, 33 and 31 – were arrested soon after on suspicion of affray.

‘Two cars were recovered and a knife and hammer were found and seized from one of the vehicles. No injuries have been reported.

‘A scene remains in place as enquiries continue.’  

Footage seen by the Manchester Evening News shows the incident unfold in the street.

One person appears to lunge at another person twice and strike out at the same man.

Two weapons, a hammer and a knife, were recovered at the scene. Although there were reports of gunfire, police have yet to find evidence to confirm this

Two weapons, a hammer and a knife, were recovered at the scene. Although there were reports of gunfire, police have yet to find evidence to confirm this

Two weapons, a hammer and a knife, were recovered at the scene. Although there were reports of gunfire, police have yet to find evidence to confirm this

Blackfriars Road was cordoned off on Saturday, as were nearby King Street and Garden Lane while police sweeped the area

Blackfriars Road was cordoned off on Saturday, as were nearby King Street and Garden Lane while police sweeped the area

One person appears to lunge at another person twice and strike out at the same man, according to footage seen by the MEN

Officers from GMP's Tactical Aid Unit conducted searches within the cordon to look for evidence

Officers from GMP's Tactical Aid Unit conducted searches within the cordon to look for evidence

Officers from GMP’s Tactical Aid Unit conducted searches within the cordon to look for evidence

Four officers conducting a sweep of the area as they search for evidence. Bins were also searched by officers

Four officers conducting a sweep of the area as they search for evidence. Bins were also searched by officers

Four officers conducting a sweep of the area as they search for evidence. Bins were also searched by officers 

A local resident said they heard a ‘big commotion’ when a group started fighting. After someone shouted police had been called, some people left.

However, fighting continued between others, the resident added. Another person said he saw armed officers attending on Friday night.

Blackfriars Road was cordoned off on Saturday, as were nearby King Street and Garden Lane. 

Officers from GMP’s Tactical Aid Unit conducted searches within the cordon to look for evidence.

They also examined streets around a building site where a new apartment block is being built. Bins were also searched by officers.

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