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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 officers broke up a “brawl” on Bournemouth beach.

Cops intervened after a fight erupted between rival gangs, an eye-witness claimed.

It came as crowds flocked to the popular beach on the UK’s hottest day of the year.

Video taken at the scene shows 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!”

The eyewitness can be heard saying in the video: “Something’s kicking off on Bournemouth beach, police everywhere.”

“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.

Dorset Police said officers responded to reports of a “fight” on the beach.

A spokesperson said: “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 the popular sea front with areas of the town described as “rammed” by cops.

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. 

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.

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.”

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