A large fight was caught on camera breaking out on a packed beach as thousands flocked to the coast over the Bank Holiday during the hot weather.

Footage going viral online shows more than a dozen people facing off on the beach at Viking Bay in Broadstairs, Beach.

Several men can be seen hurling punches at each other as shocked onlookers watch on.

“Omg really?” a man behind the camera can be heard asking as other beachgoers try to get out of the way.

A woman then says: “Look at the girls trying to get involved.”

“They’re all going for it now,” the man responds, adding: “Oh my God.”

The large group hurling punches at each other
The large group hurling punches at each other

It is not clear what sparked the punch-up but witnesses say one person tried to break up the disturbance with people worried about social distancing guidelines being ignored.

According to KentOnline, police attended the scene and spoke to a number of people.

One person involved is believed to have received medical treatment.

The publication reports no arrests were made and a number of people were escorted from the area.

A spokesperson for Kent Police said: "Kent Police was called at 4.15pm on Monday 25 May 2020 to a report of an assault on Viking Bay beach in Broadstairs.

"A man was reportedly punched during an argument between two groups of people. No serious injuries were reported."

Anyone with information is asked to call Kent Police on 01843 222289, quoting reference 46/88034/20.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111 or using the anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org

The incident happened as images showed beaches packed with people looking to make the most of the 25C temperatures, despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Current government guidelines allow people to travel as far as they like to enjoy the outside as long as they stay two metres away from anyone not in their own household.

But the sheer number of people seen over the weekend seemed to make it impossible to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Video courtesy of Courtney Barrett.