Police update on Bank Holiday brawl at Viking Bay beach in Broadstairs

Police have confirmed that no arrests have been made after a huge fight broke out on a beach in Thanet. Officers were called to a brawl at Viking Bay in Broadstairs at 4.15pm yesterday (May 25). Hundreds of people were enjoying the hot Bank Holiday Monday weather by the sea when the violent incident - involving between 15 and 20 people - happened.

One onlooker captured the whole fight on video, which has been widely shared on social media.

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Police statement

A police spokesman said: "Kent Police was called at 4.15pm on Monday 25 May 2020 to a report of an assault on Viking Bay beach in Broadstairs. "A man was reportedly punched during an argument between two groups of people. "No serious injuries were reported."

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Despite the coronavirus lockdown, thousands of people still flocked to Kent's beaches over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Pictures taken yesterday showed the huge crowds which had gathered on the coast around the county. Previously, the lockdown rules stipulated that people were not permitted to sunbathe or sit down in public spaces. But on Sunday (May 24), Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that people in England are now be able to do so as long as they continue to adhere to the social distancing guidelines.

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Police update on Bank Holiday brawl at Viking Bay beach in Broadstairs

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There's an 'unsubscribe' button at the bottom of every newsletter we send out. People must remain at least two metres apart from people outside of their households, however many have claimed that images of Kent's beaches yesterday show the advice is not being followed. Officers are appealing for witnesses or those with any other details about the incident at Viking Bay to come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to call Kent Police on 01843 222289, quoting reference 46/88034/20.

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