Southend: Appeal following fight on seafront
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Our officers were out in force over the weekend in Southend, helping people and keeping people safe.
The vast majority of residents and visitors to the area enjoyed the weather, football and local attractions safely.
Sadly, a handful of individuals attempted to spoil it for everyone else.
Chief Inspector Ian Hughes, District Commander for Southend, said:
“We are aware of a video circulating online showing a group of people fighting in Marine Parade, Southend, yesterday afternoon.
“The people shown in the video behaved recklessly, with no care for the injuries they could have caused to friends and families around them.
“We’re progressing enquiries and working to identify those pictured and will continue our high visibility patrols of the area.
“For anyone who thinks they can come to Essex, to our towns and beaches, and commit crime, violence or anti-social behaviour, you can’t and if you do, you can expect a visit from us as we simply will not tolerate it.”
Cllr Martin Terry, Cabinet Member for Public Protection, said:
“The violent anti-social behaviour shown in the video by this group of people is unacceptable.
“The Council works closely with the police through our Community Safety Partnership, and we will be supporting them to help identify those involved.
“Thankfully, after another incredibly busy weekend for the town, the vast majority have behaved responsibly, which we are thankful for, and it was reassuring to see extra police officers on duty.”
Over the weekend, our officers engaged with members of the public and our local businesses, helped reunite three children with their families, carried out 25 stop searches and arrested a man wanted on recall to prison.
We want everyone to enjoy all that Southend has to offer and will continue to identify those intent on committing crime and work with our partners, including Southend Borough Council and other key stakeholders, to keep you safe.
If you witnessed this incident or have any information that can help us identify these individuals, please contact Southend CID on 101 so we can take action.
The incident number to quote is 958 of 13 June.