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Police release images of 15 men they want to trace after huge brawl at Southend seafront 

Police investigating the mass brawl that erupted on the Southend seafront have today released the photographs of 15 men they are trying to trace.

The shocking scenes, which took place at Pebbles One Cafe on Marine Parade in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, on Sunday, saw the group of bloodied men hurl tables, deckchairs and glass bottles at each other in front of horrified onlookers.

It came as hundreds of tourists descended onto the seafront to bask in the 82F (28C) heat on the day England played Croatia in the Euro 2020 tournament.

Today, Essex Police released the 15 images of the men they wished to speak with in connection with the incident. 

The incident took place on Sunday at Pebbles One Cafe on Marine Parade in Southend-on-Sea, Essex

Essex Police today released the photographs of 15 men they are trying to trace following the mass brawl on Sunday

In a statement, Chief Inspector Ian Hughes, District Commander for Southend, said: 'Our officers were out in force over the weekend helping people and keeping you safe.

'While the vast majority of people enjoyed the Southend sunshine safely there were, sadly, a few who attempted to spoil it for everyone else.

'Officers are working hard to identify those involved and as part of our enquiries we want to speak to speak to the 15 men pictured.

'If you recognise any of the men pictured or have information about who they are please contact us.

'If you are one of those pictured, please get in touch and speak to us.'

Yesterday footage emerged of onlookers running away in terror as the two groups of men began to hurl deckchairs and glass bottles at each other.

Eventually one of the groups, some of whom were seen to be streaming in blood, walked away from the cafe after running out of objects to throw.   

Meanwhile the other group of men could be heard continuing to scream and shout at them.

The cafe was left strewn with broken glass and broken deckchairs after the carnage subsided. 

Police are asking those who recognise any of the men pictured to contact the police. The scenes took place as hundreds of tourists descended onto the seafront to bask in the 82F (28C) heat  

Paul Thompson, owner of the Pebbles One cafe, told the Your Southend Facebook page: 'A group of people were eating lunch at one end of the decking. A second group confronted them from the beach and they began throwing deck chairs and chairs at each other.

'They seemed to be two groups that were known to each other. There were no injuries we know of and the police arrived swiftly to quell any further trouble.'

The Your Southend group posted the video on Facebook alongside the comment: 'We were sent this shocking video of a fight between two groups of men on Southend seafront, which reportedly happened today.

'A number of deckchairs, tables and glass bottles were thrown during the altercation.

'The seafront was packed with thousands of people when the incident happened, including families with children. 

'The fight, involving around 10 men, reportedly took place in the area around the Pebbles One cafe on the beach.

Video taken during the brawl shows two groups of men violently chucking tables, deckchairs and even glass bottles at each other

Families with young children watch in terror while the men, who are mostly wearing just swimming trunks, swear at each other for seemingly no reason

The men continue to hurl objects at each other in front of horrified tourists at the beach

Eventually one of the groups, some of whom are seen to be streaming blood, walk away from the cafe a

'Police are continuing to increase their patrols along the seafront as the hot weather brings more visitors into the town. Officers carried out a number of successful stop checks on people and vehicles over the weekend, as well as aiming to deter anti social behaviour with their visible presence.

'It is not yet known if any arrests were made.'

Cllr Martin Terry, cabinet member for public protection, said: 'The violent anti-social behaviour shown in the video by this group of people is unacceptable.

'The Council works closely with the police through our Community Safety Partnership, and we will be supporting them to help identify those involved.

'Thankfully, after another incredibly busy weekend for the town, the vast majority have behaved responsibly, which we are thankful for, and it was reassuring to see extra police officers on duty.'      

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