This is why police cordoned off Derby bus station on Boxing Day

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Officers have revealed further details about two incidents which led to a heavy police presence at Derby bus station and a nearby pub on Boxing Day.

Derbyshire police were called to the bus station at 8pm following reports of a man with a bloodied nose.

Paramedics took him to hospital but he did not wish to officially report a crime.

Witnesses at the scene suggested a homeless man had been attacked by two young men.

The cordon outside Derby bus station

The cordon outside Derby bus station

Meanwhile, 10 minutes later, the force was called to a disturbance at the White Horse pub in the Morledge but nobody was there when officers arrived.

An eyewitness, who did not wish to be named, said: “There was a fight close to the pub and I saw someone throw a bottle.

“There were lot of people shouting and swearing at each other.”

Police outside the White Horse on Boxing Day evening

Police outside the White Horse on Boxing Day evening

Another witness, who also did not wish to be identified, said: “A couple of young lads started kicking a homeless guy outside the bus station.

“Then I heard shouting and swearing outside the pub and the next thing I saw was all of the police arrive.

“There were loads of them, flashing lights, the lot, lots of officers.

“They seemed to calm the people down who were near the pub and then an officer put the blue and white tape up outside the bus station.”

A total of seven police vehicles were spotted in the area and the bus station was cordoned off while officers investigated.

A police spokeswoman said: “We were called to a report of a man with a bloody nose near the bus station at 8pm. Paramedics took him to hospital but he did not wish to report any crime to officers.

“We had a call at 8.10pm that there was a disturbance at a pub on the Morledge but no-one was there when we arrived.”