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Teenagers arrested after gang brawl

PUBLISHED: 21:44 10 June 2003 | UPDATED: 13:59 03 March 2010

THREE teenagers have been arrested after gangs clashed in a brawl on Felixstowe seafront, it was revealed today.

Three youngsters were injured in the late-night fracas, which happened in Sea Road near Charles Manning's Amusement Park.

THREE teenagers have been arrested after gangs clashed in a brawl on Felixstowe seafront, it was revealed today.

Three youngsters were injured in the late-night fracas, which happened in Sea Road near Charles Manning's Amusement Park.

The fight broke out between a gang of youngsters from Felixstowe and a gang from Easton, near Framlingham.

Three teenagers from Easton are believed to have suffered facial injuries and broken noses.

A police spokeswoman said two 15-year-old boys and a 14-year-old girl from Felixstowe had been arrested in connection with the incident.

They had been interviewed and released pending further inquiries on police bail until July 16 when they will return to hear if they will face charges, further bail or be released with no further action.

Officers are still gathering evidence and witness statements about the fight, which took place about 10pm on Friday, and Pc Duncan Wallis is in charge of the case.

Felixstowe police sector commander Insp Andy Bushell said patrols had been stepped up on the seafront because more people were using the area during the lighter and warmer summer evenings.

Last summer there had been a number of incidents of "gang fights" between Felixstowe youths and teenage groups visiting the seaside from other parts of the county – including Hadleigh, Ipswich, Stowmarket and Needham Market.

The friction was fuelled by alcohol and led to problems described by police as "quite nasty" including nuisance and harassment, drunkenness and damage, intimidation and assault.

At least ten youngsters from the resort had their names placed on a new county youth nuisance blacklist aimed at cutting anti-social behaviour.

Insp Bushell said: "We are keeping an extra eye on the seafront area because this is the time of the year – and with the school holidays coming up – when people are out and about more.

"I want people who come to Felixstowe to be able to enjoy themselves and for there to be good behaviour on our seafront so that everyone can use it and have a good time."

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