A fifth man has been arrested in relation to an assault that occurred in broad daylight earlier this week that has left residents expressing concerns for their safety.
The attack took place in Milton Street on Thursday, with reports of two groups of men attacking each other with weapons, including a machete at around 3pm.
The disturbance was responded to by armed police officers, paramedics and the air ambulance with five men needing hospital treatment and one of them having critical injuries.
One Shelton resident, Annette, 34, who didn’t feel comfortable giving her full name said: “It’s just no good and such a shame. I hope that all the injured lads pull through but nothing this severe has ever happened around here before.”
Staffordshire Police have increased their presence in the area with some parts of Milton Street still being cordoned off and patrolled by officers.
The community of Shelton has been left shocked by such a violent display during broad daylight and are left waiting for answers as the police continue their investigation.
Stoke-on-Trent North area commander, Chief Inspector Mark Barlow said: “I want to reassure members of the public that officers will be increasing and continuing patrols across the city as we work to investigate what has happened here.”
Despite the police presence, residents are still afraid, and the normally busy streets of Shelton showed minimal signs of life.
Annette explained: “People do feel afraid, there aren’t as many kids out in the six weeks holiday as there should be and as there normally are.
“I know the police presence is needed but it’s just not helping. There’s a park just here and no doubt if you go over there it will be empty because you keep you kids in when things like that happen.”
As the police continue to investigate the incident, they are asking for anyone with information or footage to contact 101 referring to incident 509 of 25 July.