Two men are fighting for their lives after multiple stabbings left six injured in Yeovil town centre.
Five people have been arrested in connection with the assaults which police say are related to 'county lines' drug dealing.
Police were first alerted at 12.20am this morning to an address in South Street.
On arrival, officers found a number of people with injuries varying in severity, two of whom were in a critical condition.
Thirty minutes later, officers located two more victims on Westminster Street. At 1.30am another man was admitted to Yeovil District Hospital with stab injuries.
Two cordons are in place in South Street and Tabernacle Lane to allow specialist crime scene investigators to forensically examine the scenes.
Chief Inspector Sharon Baker has said: “This is a disturbing incident which at this stage we believe is related to county line drug dealing".
- WHAT IS COUNTY LINES?
County lines relates to the supply of class A drugs - primarily crack cocaine and heroin - from an urban hub into rural towns or county locations.
This is carried out by a group which may not necessarily be affiliated as a gang, but which has developed networks across boundaries to access and exploit existing drug markets in these areas.