Surgeons save man's arm after it went through window and severed artery outside Greyhound Tavern in Water Street, Neath
SURGEONS have battled to save the arm of a man who severed an artery during an altercation outside a Neath town centre pub.
Police called to the Greyhound Tavern in Water Street found the man on the ground surrounded by copious amounts of blood.
It is believed his arm had smashed through a window of the pub, causing the horrendous injury.
The latest information is that surgeons at Morriston Hospital have managed to save his arm.
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Inspector Huw Griffiths said the men involved had been inside the Greyhound but not together.
They went outside for unknown reasons, and that was when the altercation started.
Officers were called to the scene at around 4.25pm on Wednesday. "They were confronted with a 38-year-old male suffering from what appeared to be a serious arm injury," said Mr Griffiths.
"He had severed an artery and there was a substantial amount of blood at the scene.
"The man was conveyed by ambulance to Morriston Hospital where he underwent surgery.
"The information we have had back from the hospital is that they have managed to save the arm.
Mr Griffiths said the matter was still being investigated, but it appeared the man's arm had gone through a thick panel of glass in the pub's front window.
Police have confirmed a 51-year-old man was arrested at the scene and is currently on police bail while the investigation continues.
A second man, aged 48, was also arrested but was later released without charge.
"After taking witness statements and reviewing CCTV footage we were satisfied this person was not at fault," said Mr Griffiths. "We are still appealing for witnesses and would ask anyone who saw the incident or who has any other information to come forward."
Call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.