Southend: Appeal following incident at Adventure Island
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UPDATE: 9am Friday 17 September
We are appealing for information or witnesses following reports of an assault at Southend.
We were called shortly before 4.40pm on Friday 20 August, with reports of an assault at Adventure Island, in Western Esplanade.
A man, in his 20s, who was working as a security guard at Adventure Island had been assaulted. He did not require medical treatment.
Two police officers were also assaulted during the incident. One officer was kicked while the other was hit on the head and had her hair pulled. Thankfully, neither officer sustained any injuries.
Anyone with information, or who may have captured the incident on their phone or was driving in the area and has dashcam footage, is asked to call us on 101 quoting crime reference 42/179412/21.
You can submit a report online at https://www.essex.police.uk or use the 'Live Chat' button to speak to an online operator between 7am-11pm.
Information can also be given to independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111 or https://crimestoppers-uk.org/.
Six people were arrested in connection with the incident and are now released under investigation.
UPDATE: 1.30pm Sunday 22 August
Six people who were arrested after a disturbance at Adventure Island, in Southend, on Friday have been released under investigation.
That means each of the group is still under active investigation by our officers, who continue to review the high-quality CCTV provided by Adventure Island and speak to witnesses.
In summary the situation is now:
-A 29-year-old man from Stockwell was arrested on suspicion of assault and affray
-A 17-year-old boy from London was arrested on suspicion of obstructing a police officer, affray and assault
-A 17-year-old boy from London was arrested on suspicion of assault and affray
-A 15-year-old boy from London was arrested on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker and affray
-A 15-year-old girl from London was arrested on suspicion of assault and assaulting an emergency worker
-A 24-year-old man from London was arrested on suspicion of assault and affray
Six people remain in custody this morning after being arrested during a disturbance in Southend yesterday.
A man aged in his 20s, who was working as a security guard at Adventure Island, had been assaulted. Thankfully, he did not require medical treatment.
We can now confirm two police officers were also assaulted during the incident. One officer was kicked while the other had was hit on the head and had her hair pulled. Neither officer sustained any injuries.
We are in the process of reviewing Adventure Island’s high-quality CCTV of the incident which will help in our investigations.
Essex Police 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.
“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.”
Philip Miller MBE – whose company, the Stockvale Group, runs Adventure Island – 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.”