Mass brawl at Adventure Island theme park saw police kicked, hit on the head and have their hair pulled as six people including 15-year-old girl are arrested over fights sparked by ‘queue jumpers’
- Six people have been arrested after the fight broke out at Adventure Island
- Police were called to the park in Southend, Essex at 16:40 on Friday evening
- A security guard and two officer were attacked, but no one sustained injuries
Six people have been arrested after a man and two police officers were assaulted when a fight broke out at a seaside theme park, resulting in it being evacuated.
Essex Police were called to Adventure Island in Southend, Essex at around 16:40 on Friday evening after a security guard was attacked.
Two officers were also attacked during the incident, which led to Stockvale Group, who run the theme park, to evacuate visitors.
The victim, aged 20, did not need medical treatment, and police confirmed one of their officers was kicked while the other was hit on the head and had her hair pulled.
Neither officer sustained any injuries.
Essex Police were called to Adventure Island in Southend, Essex at around 16:40 on Friday evening after a security guard was attacked
Six people including a 15-year-old girl, two boys, 17, and another teen, 15 have been arrested in connection with the incident and all remain in custody.
Two men, aged 29 and 24, were also arrested.
Police are now reviewing CCTV footage of the incident.
At the time, witnesses reported seeing up to 100 people brawling in the area.
A person told The Mirror: ‘A fight broke out in the queue on the rollercoaster opposite the main ticket office.
‘Security guards ran to the incident and there were about 30 to 40 people fighting.
‘Security couldn’t contain the incident. Everyone was told to evacuate or stay inside the centre area.’
Six people have been arrested in connection with the incident and all remain in custody
Another told The Sun: ‘My son was at the park before 5pm with a group of friends and they were about to queue up for a ride.
‘They saw a big gang of people trying to push in to for another ride, and a fight broke out.
‘He thinks there were about 40 people trying to push in, they were pushing through people and jumping barriers.
‘But the fight involved about 100 – there were women, men and children fighting.
‘It happened very quickly.’
Chief Inspector David Miles said: ‘This incident understandably caused some alarm locally yesterday, but I can assure the public that despite a number of reports online, no weapons of any kind were used against anyone.
Witnesses reported seeing up to 100 people involved in the brawl in the seaside park
‘A security guard at Adventure Island was assaulted but is thankfully recovering well.
‘As a result of the policing plans we have in place in Southend, we were able to respond to this incident within two minutes of it being reported to us.
‘Sadly, as our officers responded to the incident, two were injured as they did their job.
‘Thankfully, however, they were not seriously hurt.
‘This again serves to highlight the risks police officers take each day as they go about their role.’
Owner of Stockvale Group Philip Miller, said: ‘It is a shame that an otherwise trouble-free summer holidays was marred by this incident.
‘I would like to thank Essex Police, who arrived promptly and took a no-nonsense approach in dealing with this incident.
‘I must also pay tribute to my own team of guards and staff who all held the line.’