Two boys arrested in relation to large fight on Bournemouth beach

Bournemouth Beach stock photo <i>(Image: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire)</i>
Bournemouth Beach stock photo (Image: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire)

Two boys were arrested over a fight involving a large group of young people on Bournemouth beach.

Police officers and paramedics were called to the seafront near Bournemouth Pier due to the incident.

The fight took place on a packed section of the beach on Thursday afternoon.

Providing an update on Tuesday, June 6, a Dorset Police spokesman said: “Two boys – aged 15 and 16 – were arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon and a public order offence.

“They have been released under investigation.”

Witnesses reported seeing some youths armed with bats.

Visitors spoke of their shock to see such behaviour in full view of families in the middle of the day during the school holidays.

In response to these concerns, Inspector Adrian Thompson, of Bournemouth police, said: “As part of our summer policing operation, local officers and partners from agencies carry out regular patrols of the beach and surrounding area. We will respond to concerns raised and will take proactive action against those involved in criminal activities and anti-social behaviour.

“Our multi-agency work in response to the peak summer demand involves collaboration with our colleagues from the local council, RNLI, beach services team and community safety accreditation scheme (CSAS) as part of our ongoing efforts to reduce anti-social behaviour.

“We also have our Operation Fireglow patrols that target known hotspots for anti-social behaviour in Bournemouth town centre and we would urge members of the public with any concerns to approach officers or report matters to police.”