Woman in swimming costume is led away by cops after police break up ‘brawl’ on beach in Bournemouth

A WOMAN in a swimming costume was led away by cops after police broke up a “brawl” on Bournemouth beach.

Cops broke up a fight said to have been between rival gangs, according to an eye-witness, as crowds flocked to the popular beach on the UK’s hottest day of the year.

Video taken at the scene show a woman being escorted away by police and around a dozen people in hi-vis jackets on a crowded Bournemouth beach, yards from the pier.

One of the women, who is black and being escorted away by police, yells: "You're racist!"

"Something's kicking off on Bournemouth beach, police everywhere," the eyewitness can be heard saying in the video.

"It was a big fight between two gangs on the beach," he added.

"Lots of gangs down here and all drunk," the person filming told Newsflare.

A spokesperson for Dorset Police told The Sun Online: "Dorset Police received a report at 4.37pm on Friday 31 July 2020 of a fight involving a group of young people in the area of Bournemouth Pier.

"Officers attended and detained two people. A 16-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl, both from Southampton, were given a section 35 order dispersal notices, requiring them to leave the area.

"Enquiries into the incident are ongoing."

Officers said earlier today they were ready to use roadblocks to stop sunseekers flooding Bournemouth beach.

More than 100,000 people ended up cramming on to Bournemouth beach today as local councillors made plans to prevent another "major incident" from being declared.

Dorset Police described parts of Bournemouth beach as being "rammed" by 1pm.

A new smartphone app has been launched by Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Council to alert visitors when sections of the seven-mile long beach become overcrowded.

By lunchtime the app showed virtually the entire stretch of beach covered in a red line – meaning people should stay away as social distancing was not possible. 

And in London this morning, more than 200 beachgoers were seen ueuing at Blackfriars Station to board the first off-peak train down to Brighton.

On June 25, Bournemouth council declared a major incident after services were "completely overstretched" when huge numbers of visitors crowded onto the beach.

Roads were gridlocked, hindering emergency vehicles, and more than 40 tonnes of rubbish were removed from the coastal hotspot in just one day.

Last month's combination of weeks of lockdown boredom and the UK heatwave – with temperatures soaring to over 30C – prompted a surge of visitors to the south coast town.

BCP Council issued 558 parking enforcement fines – the highest on record – and responded to many reports of cars parking and causing an obstruction.

And the council’s new plan to prevent the same thing from happening comes as Boris Johnson urged people not to lose focus and risk spreading coronavirus.

The Prime Minister said this week: "Broadly speaking, the only way to control coronavirus is if everybody collectively obeys the social distancing rules and works together to drive the virus down.

"What I’m saying to people is: don’t lose focus, don’t lose discipline, continue to observe those guidelines, and if you have symptoms, get a test."

Supt Richard Bell, from Dorset Police, urged visitors to "respect the community".

He said: "We are definitely not asking people to stay away. We welcome all visitors, but ask them to respect the environment and the community."

Supt Bell said the force is not expecting the same level of numbers because last month the pubs, hotels and campsites were all shut – meaning the beach was one of the few places Brits could go.

BCP council has also brought in a new scheme which allows them to tow away cars if they have been left in dangerous spots.

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