One man is in jail and another in hospital, after an assault outside a Napier bottle store.

A police spokesperson said they were called to reports of a fight between two men just after 2am today.

They found a 38-year-old man with serious injuries outside the Big Barrel Liquor store on the corner of Durham and York Avenue.

He has been admitted to Hawke's Bay Hospital.

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Another man is being held in custody but no charges have been laid so far.

CIB have put up a cordon at the scene and are conducting a scene examination.