A planned fireworks night in Broadstairs on July 24 has been postponed due to brawls that broke out during this week’s event.
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 during th fireworks at Viking Bay on Wednesday (July 17).
Following the incident two teenage girls were arrested and an immediate dispersal order was put in place.
Organiser on the Broadstairs Summer Fireworks committee have now issued a statement saying: “We regret to announce that we have made the decision to postpone the upcoming Broadstairs Summer Fireworks event scheduled for Wednesday, July 24.
“Doing so gives us the time to seek further guidance and support from Kent Police and Thanet District Council on the best way forward for any future events. As a small voluntary group that puts on these events with the support of Broadstairs & St Peters Town Council,Broadstairs Chamber of Commerce and local businesses we were shocked and saddened by the disturbance created by an idioitic small minority at the last event.
“It is as a direct consequence of this anti-social behaviour that we have sadly taken the decision to postpone the forthcoming date, in order to explore ways to prevent this from happening in the future.
“The Broadstairs Summer Fireworks are very popular and enjoyed by the thousands that come along. We will work with the police and TDC to put in plans so that hopefully any future events will be a safe, family friendly evening for all that attend.”
Police enquiries into the disturbance are ongoing.