Two 15-year-old boys stabbed as large groups fight with weapons at mass gathering in Essex seaside park

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TWO teenagers were stabbed after a mass brawl broke out at a gathering in a popular seaside town.

Large groups of youngsters reportedly battered each other with weapons during the drama near Chalkwell train station in Southend-on-Sea, Essex.

Cops raced to the scene at around 7pm yesterday to break up the mass gathering.

A police helicopter was heard hovering overhead, while officers from British Transport Police were also drafted in to help disperse the crowd.

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A 15-year-old boy was injured in the head and leg while a second lad of the same age was found with a knife wound on his arm.

Their injuries have been described as non-life threatening.

Cops confirmed an 18-year-old boy from Basildon was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and possession of drugs.

A 20-year-old man from South Ockendon was arrested on suspicion of affray.

Both are currently being quizzed by officers in custody.

One horrified witness claimed teens have been gathering on the seafront since lockdown to “booze and party” on the beach.

He told Essex Live: “They will be partying hard down at the beach until midnight every week.

“I walk down there and find the gas canisters everywhere.

“There were about seven police cars and eleven officers. I heard shouting and screaming then it all went calm but there was still a group of teenagers there by the police at 11pm.”

Another witness added: “I saw the group of about 20 or 30 teenagers last night all running from police – there were a lot of them.”

A section 60 order allowing police additional stop and search powers has been granted.

Chief Inspector Ashley Howard said: “Officers were quickly on scene to deal with the disorder and continue to work throughout the night investigating the initial incident and patrolling the area to ensure our communities are safe.

“The additional stop and search powers will help prevent further offending and disorder, keeping people safe.

“We would like to thank witnesses that have assisted with our enquiries as information from the public is really important to bring offenders to justice.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to phone Southend detectives on 101 quoting reference 1144 of July 25.

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