POLICE are investigating a serious attack on three men in Winchester city centre early this morning.

The men were assaulted by a man in Silver Hill after a dispute in a bar earlier in the evening.

Middle Brook Street between the High Street and Friarsgate and part of St George's Street were taped off and being guarded by officers.

In a statement Hampshire Police said: "Officers were called out at 3am this morning (25 July) to reports of a number of serious assaults on Middle Brook Street in Winchester.

"Four men were involved in an earlier altercation within a bar on Upper Brook Street, with three men seen to be leaving the bar and heading along Silver Hill. They have then been attacked by the unknown man with whom they’d had an altercation with that evening.

"The three men all suffered minor injuries but were taken to Southampton General Hospital for treatment.

"This is believed to be an isolated incident and is in no way linked to terror-activity. There is no wider risk to the local community at this time."

A 40-year-old man from Winchester has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent. He has since been released on bail.