A MAN had to be taken to hospital last night after a fight broke out in a Salisbury supermarket car park.

The victim, in his 20s, was one of two men attacked by three others in the parking area of Tesco Extra on Southampton Road at just after 7pm last night.

He was rushed to Salisbury District Hospital after sustaining facial injuries, but has since been discharged.

Officers say that a tyre iron was also used in the incident to smash a car windscreen.

The other man who was attacked, also in his 20s, suffered similar facial injuries, but refused medical treatment.

Wiltshire Police has confirmed that three men were arrested following the incident.

Two of them, a 25-year-old and a 23-year-old, were both arrested on suspicion of affray and GBH.

The other, a 50-year-old, was arrested on suspicion of affray and criminal damage.

All three, who are Salisbury residents, are currently in custody at Melksham Police Station.

The police confirmed that officers from Wiltshire South Community Policing Team were at the scene within five minutes of receiving the emergency call, and were able to trace the men before to an address in Bishopstone, where they were arrested.

It is not known what started the attack, but police say those involved knew each other.

Detective Sergeant Kerry Lawes, from Salisbury CID, said: "Having spoken to a number of witnesses, we know this was a frightening incident for those in the car park at the time.

"However, no weapons were used during the assault on the two men, although we believe a tyre iron was used to damage a vehicle.

"It is also important to clarify that this was not a random attack, it involved a group of people who are known to each other.

"The car park would have been very busy at that time of the evening, so we are appealing for anyone who was there and witnessed the altercation to come forward. There will also be people who may have dash cam footage which could prove vital in confirming the details of what happened yesterday.

"We would urge anyone who has information to come forward and speak to police."

Anyone with information should call Wiltshire Police on 101, quoting crime reference number 54190032544. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.