FIVE men have been arrested after several assaults in Hereford on Tuesday, with three taken to hospital.

Between 7.30pm and 9.50pm, three men aged between 19 and 47 were assaulted on Edgar Street near the Courtyard.

They required hospital treatment, but West Mercia Police said their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

A 17-year-old boy was also assaulted on Commercial Road and left with minor injuries, and a man in his 50s was assaulted on Widemarsh Common.

Another incident, thought to be linked, saw a member of staff assaulted outside a pub on Grandstand Road, and damage caused at an industrial unit nearby.

Police also said an attempted robbery of a wallet took place near McDonald's on Commercial Street.

Five males, aged between 15 and 25, were later arrested on Commercial Road on suspicion of assault. They have all been released on bail while enquiries continue.

Investigating officer Detective Sargeant Frank Real said: "There were a number of incidents reported to us in Hereford on Wednesday believed to have been caused by the same group, which I understand were very concerning for those who witnessed or experienced this behaviour.

"We do not tolerate this within our city and an investigation is now taking place.

"Enquiries are currently ongoing to ascertain exactly what happened, and we would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed any of the incidents, or been a victim themselves, to please come forward."

Anyone with information should contact police on 101, quoting incident number 728s of August 20.

Alternatively, information can be given to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their website.