Two teenage boys were stabbed after a massive brawl broke out in a normally peaceful beachfront in Essex on Friday evening.
Two men have been arrested over the incident, which forced police to shut down Chalkwell Esplanade in Westcliff-on-Sea.
Officers were called just after 7pm to reports of a large group of people fighting, with some carrying weapons, according to Essex Police.
One of the boys was stabbed in the arm while the other was injured in the head and leg.
They have been treated for non-life threatening injuries.
British Transport Police officers were called in from nearby Chalkwell train station to help Essex Police officers disperse the crowd, while a helicopter was deployed to help find the suspects.
Section 60 powers were in place allowing officers to conduct stop-and-searches without ‘reasonable grounds’ in the area until 6am.
An 18-year-old male from Basildon was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and possession of controlled substances. A 20-year-old man from South Ockendon was arrested on suspicion of affray.
The pair are being kept in custody for questioning.
DCI 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.’
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to phone Southend detectives on 101 quoting reference 1144 of July 25.
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