Students engulf beach in party carnage with ‘blood and glass everywhere’
More than two hundred students have been slammed for turning a holiday resort into the “Wild West” on Good Friday by throwing an illegal beach party.
The party attracted hundreds of people, some of which are said to be sixth form students, to Kite Beach in Poole Harbour, Dorset.
Police officers were called to the scene at around 8pm and revellers were found to be "polite and amenable," but by 9.30pm carnage ensued.
One partygoer was reportedly seen throwing a bottle into the sea while police put out a series of fires on the beach.
Another fire erupted outside the Tesco store minutes later shortly before a large brawl erupted on Shore Road.
Video footage shows male teenagers lobbing beer bottles and throwing punches with no police presence around.
Shortly after, several police cars zipped up the road to control the fight as residents watched on.
Police dispersed the large group by 11pm and issued section 35 notices which allowed them to make arrests if others didn’t leave.
Eyewitness claim the event, which breached coronavirus rules, was "out of control" and should have been "dispersed earlier in the evening."
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A local resident, Petra Carrier, said there was "blood and glass everywhere" with "traffic bought to a standstill."
She added: "They should have been moved on when they first arrived in such large numbers."
Another local resident said: "It was like the Wild West. Later into the evening, once the alcohol had kicked in, all you could hear was glass smashing and shouting and yelling."
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In a statement, Assistant Chief Constable Sam de Reya, of Dorset Police, said: "This incident involved a large number of people and we had to deploy specialist units, including the dog section, to the scene to assist in dispersing the group.
"The pandemic is not over and large numbers of people gathering together increases the risk of spreading Covid-19.
"Not only was this in breach Covid-19 legislation, there were reports of criminal and public order offences, which unnecessarily drew on a significant amount of police resources."
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