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Police officers dust a rubbish bin for fingerprints outside some shops at Hamilton's Five Cross Roads.

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Police officers dust a rubbish bin for fingerprints outside some shops at Hamilton's Five Cross Roads.

A witness of a daylight attack on a man outside some Hamilton shops says the victim’s shirt was soaked with blood afterwards.

Police are investigating a serious assault at Hamilton’s Five Cross Roads on Thursday.

The midday attack left a man with serious injuries. He was treated briefly at the scene by St John medics before being taken to Waikato Hospital.

A Five Cross Roads shopkeeper who witnessed the attack, and who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said about three people chased down and attacked a man in front of onlookers.

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“The man fell to the ground and then this group just kicked and punched him. It all happened very quickly,” the witness said.

Afterwards, the man managed to stand up and removed his top. The back of his shirt was soaked with blood.

“He also had blood around the back of his head. I never saw any weapons being used, but the man’s shirt had blood all over the back of it.”

Police officers were still at the scene at 5pm and could be seen dusting a rubbish bin for fingerprints.

Another shopkeeper, Roshni Patel,​ didn’t witness the attack but arrived at her business in the afternoon and saw a heavy police presence in the area.

“A few people contacted me asking if I was all right because they saw police tape outside my shop. I told them I was fine,” she said.

A police spokesman said officers are still making inquiries into the incident.

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