Arrests made after seafront brawl

POLICE have so far arrested 21 people in connection with the massive Easter Sunday seafront brawl at Felixstowe, it was revealed today.A team of officers is working on the case and it is understood there are likely to be more arrests as they piece together exactly what happened to spark the running battle and during the fight.

POLICE have so far arrested 21 people in connection with the massive Easter Sunday seafront brawl at Felixstowe, it was revealed today.

A team of officers is working on the case and it is understood there are likely to be more arrests as they piece together exactly what happened to spark the running battle and during the fight.

At its height, ten police cars, two transit-style vans and the police helicopter were used to restore order to the packed seafront.

Residents in the area say the disturbance broke out between Lithuanian migrant workers who live in two six-bed Edwardian houses in Holland Road and mainly local people.

Although it is believed many involved had been drinking before the incident, residents said the trouble with the group of Lithuanian young men had been simmering for months.

One said there appeared to be a “culture clash” and there had been a number of small incidents.

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A police spokeswoman said 21 people had been arrested - including those from “both sides of the argument” - and put on police bail pending further inquiries. No charges have been brought yet.

Those arrested are: a 14-year-old boy; three 15-year-old boys; a 16-year-old boy; three 17-year-old boys; an 18-year-old man; two 19-year-old men; a 20-year-old man; a 21-year-old man; two 23-year-old men; a 26-year-old man; a 31-year-old man; a 34-year-old man; a 40-year-old man; and a 15-year-old girl and a 17-year-old girl.

Officers had had a good response appeals for information from members of the public who saw the incident - which first flared around 5.20pm on April 16 outside the leisure centre and set off again around 7pm - but would still like to hear from others who may have information about those involved or what happened.

One woman in Holland Road said: “There has been some problems in the pubs between the Lithuanians and local people but I don't really know what is behind it all.”

One man said: “Everyone was out here when this fight happened - we couldn't believe it, Holland Road is usually such a quiet street. But there has been some friction between the local lads and these foreigners. It's a culture clash. Drink and young men and I think it came to a head.”

Anyone with information should contact Felixstowe police on 01473 613500.

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