England footballer arrested over high street fracas

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England and Arsenal footballer Jack Wilshere was arrested in the early hours of this morning following a "fracas", his spokesman said.

The 18-year-old midfielder was released on bail following the incident at 2.45am in Kensington High Street, London.

Officers and paramedics called to the scene found a man with minor facial injuries and a woman with a broken arm. Both were taken to a west London hospital for treatment.

Police later stopped a vehicle and arrested four men, two aged 18 and two aged 21, on suspicion of assault.

They were taken to a west London police station and bailed to return in mid-October pending further inquiries, a Met police spokesman said.

Wilshere's spokesman said: "Jack Wilshere was arrested by police in the early hours following a fracas but was released on bail later.

"The police have made it very clear that he is an important witness to the incident and played the role of peacemaker and is unlikely to face any charges as a result.

"Jack has made it very clear he will co-operate fully with the police investigation."

A Met Police spokesman said: "Police were called at approximately 2.45am on Sunday 29 August following reports of an assault on Kensington High Street.

"Officers and London Ambulance Service attended and discovered a man and a woman suffering injuries.

"The woman had suffered a broken and dislocated elbow; the man was treated for a minor facial injury. Both went to a west London hospital for treatment.

"Officers subsequently stopped a vehicle and arrested four men on suspicion of assault.

"They were taken to west London police station and subsequently bailed to return in mid-October, pending further inquiries."

It is believed that Wilshere was out socialising after appearing in Arsenal's Premier League victory against Blackburn.

Earlier this week Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said he was surprised that the youngster had been omitted from Fabio Capello's England squad to face Bulgaria and Switzerland next month.