A man has appeared in court charged with two counts of ABH following a mass brawl in Barnstaple on Friday night (May 3).

Police were called to the town centre at around 10.30pm after a man was assaulted during a huge fight at a Boutport Street pub.

Police said initial reports suggested around 20 people were involved in fighting at the Horse and Groom.

A spokesman told the Gazette a man aged 36 had been stabbed, although at this stage his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening or life-changing.

A 36-year-old man was initially arrested on suspicion of carrying out the stabbing.

On Monday (May 6) Toby Rogers, aged 36, of no fixed abode, Barnstaple, appeared at Exeter Magistrates Court charged with two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm against two individuals.

Rogers indicated a guilty plea and has been kept in custody prior to sentencing at Exeter Crown Court on June 3.

Reports from eye-witnesses on Friday night have suggested there were as many as 10 police cars were called to the area while the incident was being dealt with.