Two men have been arrested following a group fight in Harlow.

Essex Police were called to reports of a fight between four men near The Hornbeams on Tuesday (April 27) at around 1.50pm.

After searching the area, officers arrested two men aged 19 and 30, both from Harlow, on suspicion of affray.

Both men received treatment in hospital for stab and slash wounds to their hands and elbows- however the force says that the injuries are not believed to be serious.

They were released on bail until May 24 as enquiries continue.

Essex Police then authorised additional stop-and-search powers under Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 – which permitted officers to search 52 people and arrest three people.

Two were arrested on suspicion of possessing class B drugs, and one for breaching bail conditions.

Chief Inspector Paul Austin said: “Detectives are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding yesterday’s incident, which is believed to be targeted and involve people known to each other.

“The extra stop and search powers were authorised as a precaution to prevent further disorder and to identify anyone intent on committing crime.

“No further incidents of violence were reported and no weapons were found, which is positive.

“We continue to work with our partners including the Safer Harlow Partnership to prevent and identify those who carry out acts of violence or carry weapons on our streets.”

Witnesses are asked to contact Harlow CID through the non-emergency number 101 or quoting reference 42/78560/21.