Two girls arrested and immediate dispersal order put in place following Broadstairs firework night brawl

Police were called to the brawl

Two teenager girls were arrested after officers were called at around 9.30pm last night (July 17) to brawling youngsters in Broadstairs.

Kent Police officers, supported by British Transport Police, attended the Harbour Street area of the town where a groups of young people were involved in an altercation.

A 16-year-old girl from Ramsgate was arrested on suspicion of affray and possession of herbal cannabis and released under investigation.

A 15-year-old girl from Herne Bay was arrested on suspicion of affray and currently remains in custody.

An immediate dispersal order was put in place to tackle any further risks of anti-social behaviour.  Under a dispersal order, anyone continuing to cause a nuisance would be directed to leave or risk arrest if they return.

Onlookers, many who had taken their children to enjoy the event, reported teens throwing bottles, fighting police and chasing other youngsters through the high street as well as at least three separate mass brawls.

Police at the scene of one brawl

The event is organised by community group Broadstairs Fireworks Events (Broadstairs Summer Fireworks Committee) and sponsored by Broadstairs Town Council with help from local businesses and money from the public put in donation buckets.

A spokesman for Broadstairs Summer Fireworks Committee said if more security and a paid police presence is required the event may have to be axed.

They said: “We are consulting with the police as to what security measures will be required to ensure that everyone can safely enjoy these popular family traditional evenings.

“It is such a shame that once again in our society  generally  that completely unacceptable alcohol fuelled behaviour by a minority of out of control mindless yobs is jeopardising the enjoyment of the majority of people. We are a small voluntary group that puts these events on with the financial support of Broadstairs & St Peters Town Council and local business sponsors.

Onlookers at the scene Photo John Paul

”If the police recommend that we need a high level of security and  paid police presence it is very unlikely  that we will be able to fund the requirements  and sadly we would have to make the disappointing and sad decision to cancel the planned summer displays .

“On a positive note  the area around the bandstand , Victoria Gardens and promenade were trouble free and the evening was thoroughly enjoyed by families that turned out to enjoy the music , entertainment, and spectacular fireworks. We will make an announcement as soon as we are able to.”

Enquiries in to the disturbance are ongoing.