A 32-year-old man has been arrested for an alleged assault which left a 33-year-old man with serious head injuries in the South Canterbury town of Temuka.

Police were called following a report of fighting outside the Crown Hotel about 8.50pm on Saturday.

A man was taken to Christchurch Hospital with a serious head injury, while a man and a woman received medical treatment and were discharged.

Police said a 32-year-old man was arrested for an assault on a 33-year-old man which occurred inside the bar area and will appear before the Timaru District Court tomorrow.

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Timaru Police are interested in speaking to anyone who witnessed the incident or has information relating to what occurred.

- nzherald.co.nz