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Four men were hospitalised after being stabbed in what was reported to be a 'gang fight' in Timaru in the early hours of this morning.
Detective Sergeant Greg Harrison, of Timaru CIB, said police received several calls saying 'gang members' were fighting in the Dunkirk St area about 3.20am.
"Three males were stabbed, and were taken to hospital - one in a serious condition, and two in a moderate condition.
"Two have since been discharged," Det Sgt Harrison said.
A fourth man with a stab wound arrived at the hospital soon afterwards and is in surgery, he said.
"It's believed those involved are known to each other."
Police are undergoing a scene examination in the Dunkirk St area today, and also conducting area inquiries.
Police would like to speak with anyone who saw or heard anything in this area in the early hours of this morning who hasn't yet spoken to Police.