A longstanding dispute over lobster fisheries between two Nova Scotia families turned into a brawl on Saturday.
The RCMP said they arrested three men and took two to hospital after the altercation in Little Harbour, N.S.
Police said the fight started when two men went to the home of another man to confront him. Two more men then arrived, which was when the physical altercation broke out. Some of the men were wielding weapons, including a wrench, a golf club and a baseball bat.
“The RCMP is taking this complaint seriously. Since the beginning of the lobster season, the RCMP has been conducting proactive patrols with a visible police presence on the water and this will continue until the end of the season,” police said in a press release. “Building a partnership with the fishing communities and ensuring everyone safety is a priority for the RCMP.”
Police said one of the men is facing an assault with a weapon charge. The second man faces a number of charges, which include assault with weapon, mischief, and breach of undertaking.
A third man is facing charges that include assault, uttering threats and breach of undertaking.
Two of the men were held in custody overnight and appeared in court the following day, while the third man was released.
A woman was also injured in the incident, but did not require medical attention.