A man was reportedly stabbed in the back during a fight involving dozens of young men in Ashtead on Wednesday night (June 24).

Police appealed for witnesses after revealing details of the fight, which they said happened on Ashtead Recreation Ground and involved between 20 and 30 people.

One man aged 19 suffered a broken jaw and police said they believed he was also stabbed in the back during the fight, which occurred between 9-9.30pm.

A spokesperson for Surrey Police described what happened in further detail:

"A group of young men were playing rugby in the park when they were approached by a second large group of men who were nearby.

"After a physical confrontation, the two groups of men got into a fight, resulting in several victims being assaulted, including a 19-year-old man who is believed to have been stabbed in the back and was left with a fractured jaw. We do not believe that his injuries are life changing.

Five men have been arrested in connection with this incident, aged between 18 and 21, from the Chessington, Leatherhead and Epsom areas, the police statement added.

Borough Commander Karen Coyne, added her thoughts: “We recognise that knife crime has been a source of concern for the Mole Valley community," she said.

"This was a serious, unprovoked assault and if you have any information, particularly about the suspects, I would urge you to come forward. These weapons have no place in our community.”

Any witnesses are asked to call 101 and quote ref PR/45200065242 or CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.