Teenage boy and girl arrested during disturbance at Margate Main Sands

Police called to another disturbance on Margate Main Sands

Two teenagers have been arrested following yet another disturbance on Margate Main Sands yesterday (July 12).

Police officers were called to the beach at around 5pm after reports of a disturbance involving a large group of people.

One witness said lifeguards even had to retreat to their hut due to the antisocial behaviour.

Police arrested a 15-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy – both visitors to Thanet – during yesterday’s incident.

A Kent Police spokesperson said: “Kent Police was called to Margate Main Sands at around 5pm to a report of a disturbance involving a group of people.

“Officers attended and moved on the group from the area. Two people were arrested, a 15-year-old girl from Canterbury on suspicion of a public order offence, and a 15-year-old boy from East Malling on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker.

“They have both been released pending further investigation.”

The incident follows on the heels of a disturbance at the main sands last month which saw a number of arrest including a 62-year-old man arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer, a 46-year-old man arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly and a 38-year-old man arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure.

Staff at GB Pizza on the seafront were also subjected to abuse and assault from a man who had been drinking.

Last month dispersal orders were put in place at Margate and Broadstairs, which has also suffered antisocial behaviour.

Following the June disturbance Thanet council said it would bring in additional security to support toilet cleaning staff this summer.

During 2020 and 2021 Thanet paid for increased, private enforcement officers to deal with antisocial behaviour and littering on the isle’s beaches.

However, this was paid for out of temporary Contain Outbreak Management Funding (COMF) from the government’s Department for Health and Social Care. That funding has now ended.

In 2020 Broadstairs and St Peter’s Town Council also took the decision to fund private security  mainly focused on Viking Bay but also taking in other bays in the town.

Staff from Marc-One and Probe Security provided the extra services. The town council will pay for extra enforcement again this summer and have security and stewards in place for the beaches.

Southeastern trains now also has security and stewards in place across multiple stations, including Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs, during weekends and holiday periods.


  1. Make parents pay the price for there feral children. Then they might start to teach there children how to behave.

    A slap on the wrist does not work. This is a national issue and has only got worse in the last decade or so.

    We have a generation that have grown up thinking they can do whatever they like and there are no consequences. They have no respect for anyone else or anything.

    Severe punishment is the only thing that will work, if the fear of god is put into a few then the situation will start to improve, if we carry on as we are this will only get worse.

  2. Have you read the arfticle Mervin? It also refers to men of 62yrs, 42yrs and 38yrs. How are you going to get their parents to pay up?

    • You read the article ,the elder people were from an incident earlier in the year ,the teenagers were yesterday ,check first

      • I did read the article Elaine, I take it you didn’t read it properly as the older people were from another issue on Margate sand around a month ago.

        Let me guess though, you think these little darlings just didn’t understand that they were doing anything wrong and are really very good boys and girls, they just need more love and a big hug!

  3. We were on a beach in Spain and there were about 15/20 men on a stag-doo we think, there were topless and nude people on the beach and the group of men were acting as if they had never seen a nude person before they were kicking sand and being total idiots. Four police officers arrived and told the men to get off the beach the men all refused. Ten minutes later a police coach came and 25/30 police officers with their batons drawn rushed into the men really hitting them hard on their legs and backs they were all arrested. Afterwards of the female police officers came over to us and said in English “sorry about that we will not allow silly people to to be spoiling others enjoyment” as the police were leaving the beach sunbathers stood up and were applauding the police. That’s the way to do it.

    • Totally agree Bill, and the men that got hit with the batons and arrested will now think twice before behaving like that again. Zero tolerance on this sort of behaviour is the way to go, why should the majority have there enjoyment ruined by a minority.

      • Because unfortunately the minority shout loudest and are usually the most aggressive and the rest of society lives in fear of upsetting them. Society needs a reboot with the majority having their voices heard again.

    • Haha. Love it. I assume this is a parody post.

      Did the round them up and shoot them. With a baying crowd cheering on….

      The actions you describe usually end up in crimes against humanity that are now often call “war crimes”

      Physical abuse by the police should not be cheered. Anyone that’s studied policing knows this is not the way.

      • Police being what is called ‘heavy-handed’ these days, has never ”ended up in crimes against humanity” and have ‘never’ been called ‘war crimes’ apart from maybe by one or too far left woke snowflakes. Anyone that’s studied policing knows that apologising, getting down on a knee and going ‘softly softly’ with degenerates has never and will never work. Their Parents did enough of that already, that’s why we end up with these problems.

      • Yes the police do need to use physical abuse, they only use it on difficult people. Its snowflake comments like yours that are making so many antisocial people. Go quietly and you will be ok

      • I agree with “Not impressed” that hitting people with batons is not something which should be approved.

    • Perfect, thats how it should be done, but these days they are taught they can do anything they like and that police are useless and the enemy

    • Doesn’t suit the narrative – it’s either foreigners or down from london!

      Those are the rules….

    • The article stated they were visitors to Margate, it also stated the girl was from Canturbry and the boy from London

  4. It doesn’t matter where they are from, if they can’t behave they must be removed for ‘spoiling other peoples fun’.
    Then barred from our Beaches.

  5. They used the funding for health and social care to pay the highly paid people to issue them fines for littering and misbehaving. So where is all the fines money at because it most certainly was not put back in to health and social care. We have a council tax bill rise which mine has just rose to £1620 but was given £150 back through our council tax as a rebate. We were not given that money for our energy bills its because THANET DISTRICT COUNCIL have not upheld their side of the contract to justify taking our money and not doing what they are ment to. Madeline homer (who by the way was earning £160,000 a year) how do the council justify such a wage and then pay a massive payout?? She did nothing but waste OUR councils money so they gave her more thank you TDC

    During 2020 and 2021 Thanet paid for increased, private enforcement officers to deal with antisocial behaviour and littering on the isle’s beaches.

    However, this was paid for out of temporary Contain Outbreak Management Funding (COMF) from the government’s Department for Health and Social Care. That funding has now ended.

    Disgusting the council should be ashamed of its self and councillors that say they will do things they don’t. But everyone’s still being paid to do a job that they are not doing.

  6. I went to Westwood cross shopping centre yesterday they were throwing rocks at cars .They were on there e-scooters and also shouting abuse at the shop staff .

  7. TDC and Kent Police need to put an urgent stop to this, The trouble that is happening on Margate and Broadstairs beach is totally unacceptable!
    These youths must be stopped in their tracks and sent back to their own towns.
    Families, Businesses and teenagers that want to come to Thanet beaches and enjoy them should not have to put up with such bad behaviour.
    Is it acceptable for children to have to witness drug use, aggression and fights and these awful inhaling ballon’s?
    What on earth is making these teenagers behave like this?!!
    This is going to affect the local trade for all, the old town shops and restaurants will notice a change soon, as their customers will stop using the trains that these youths are coming to town on.
    They can not behave on the beaches and I certainly don’t believe they can behave anywhere else!!

  8. Well said Steve K, pathetic parenting coupled with the appeasement brigade who continually excuse bad behaviour have only emboldened the feral youth and criminal element. People are not afraid of community sentencing. Ask any perp and they will openly tell you that other than prison there is no deterrent. Ask any frontline police if they would prefer to see criminals behind bars or left in the community and the vast vast majority want to see them in prison where they rightly belong.
    If people want to act like scum then it’s only right that they are treated like the scum. The welfare of the majority needs to be taken into consideration more than the welfare of a criminal section of society who seem determined to ruin the lives and take away the security of the law abiding majority.

  9. The equivalent of Mods and Rockers?

    Or perhaps Sharks and Jets (sea side appropriate)

    If you know you know.

  10. It’s okay people saying “the mods and rockets!”
    But that was then and this is now!
    We need our home towns and beaches to be safe for all!! Would you want our young children seeing people hit with deckchairs like in the 60’s?
    No you would not, our kids have been through enough over the last couple of years with Covid, they and us all need to be able to live without fear of antisocial people!! Life is hard enough as it is!

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