PASSERS-BY who may have filmed a violent fight in Barrow are being urged to hand over any footage they have to detectives.

Police said one of the men involved had a suspected bladed object during the altercation, which community leaders have strongly condemned.

Mayor Bill McEwan urged anyone with information to contact the police immediately.

“It is getting out of hand in Barrow, it is like warfare," said Cllr McEwan.

“We have got to nip this in the bud because if it carries on, we will have armed police on our streets.

“It is sad times. If children see violence like this then they will pick it up.

“Incidents like this in our town have got to stop and I urge anybody with information to come forward.”

Police said they were investigating the assault, which happened at around 8pm on Tuesday night at the junction of Ramsden Street and Church Street.

A spokesman said: "Two men have been involved in a fight where weapons have been used, including a suspected bladed article.

"Minor injuries were caused to one of the men involved."

Des Barlow, Barrow borough council spokesman for health and safety, said he was also alarmed by the incident.

“Violence like this happens too often now," he said.

“The respect and pride in this country over the last year has deteriorated.

“We should have more pride as human beings not to use weapons or even fight one another.

“People who use knives have no respect and should be locked up for a lengthy time.

“There is no need for violence like this anywhere in this country and times are desperate I’m afraid.”

Contact police quoting log 212 of December 4 2018 on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Blades including Samurai swords and machetes were among 113 weapons handed in to police during a week-long knife amnesty carried out in Cumbria earlier this year.