Six remain in custody following disturbance at Adventure Island in Southend

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Six people remain in custody today after being arrested during a disturbance in Southend yesterday.

Police were called shortly before 4.40pm yesterday, Friday August 20, to reports of an assault at Adventure Island, in Western Esplanade.

A man aged in his 20s, who was working as a security guard at Adventure Island, had been assaulted. He did not require medical treatment.

Two police officers were also assaulted during the incident. One officer was kicked while the other had was hit on the head and had her hair pulled.

Six people werearrested in connection with the incident and all remain in custody this morning.

Officers are in the process of reviewing Adventure Island’s high-quality CCTV of the incident.

Essex Police Chief Inspector David Miles said: “This incident understandably caused some alarm locally yesterday, but I can assure the public that despite a number of reports online, no weapons of any kind were used against anyone.

“A security guard at Adventure Island was assaulted but is thankfully recovering well.

“As a result of the policing plans we have in place in Southend, we were able to respond to this incident within two minutes of it being reported to us.

“As our officers responded to the incident, two were injured as they did their job. Thankfully, however, they were not seriously hurt.

Philip Miller MBE – whose company, the Stockvale Group, runs Adventure Island – said: “It is a shame that an otherwise trouble-free summer holidays was marred by this incident.

“I would like to thank Essex Police, who arrived promptly and took a no-nonsense approach in dealing with this incident.

“I must also pay tribute to my own team of guards and staff who all held the line.”

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