This is the shocking moment a huge fight erupted on a packed Kent beach as swathes of people flocked to the coast in the warm bank holiday weather.
A group of rowdy sunseekers gathered on the beach in Viking Bay in Broadstairs on the first bank holiday since lockdown measures were eased.
Loud voices were heard shouting back and forth before punches were thrown.
This is the shocking moment a huge fight erupted on a packed Kent beach as swathes of people flocked to the coast in the warm bank holiday weather
It is unclear why the fight broke out on the sand as the afternoon sun brought 68F heat to the popular day-trip destination.
In the clip, shared to social media, a group of at least 12 people are seen huddled together as shouting is heard.
Gobsmacked onlookers watch as the group get more and more heated.
A group of rowdy sunseekers fought on the beach in Viking Bay in Broadstairs on the first bank holiday since lockdown measures were eased
One woman can be heard saying that a man tried to cool the group down by explaining the children are present,
But his efforts are to no avail as a brawl erupts.
A woman wearing a swimsuit jumps into the punch-up, seemingly trying to drag one man away.
Loud voices were heard shouting back and forth before punches were thrown during the beach brawl
Before the fight, one woman can be heard saying that a man tried to cool the group down by explaining the children are present
After the fight, a man is left lying on the floor as the bathing-suit clad woman goes over to speak to him.
Police attended the scene but no arrests were made.
The brawl broke out amid a 79F heatwave as sun-worshippers declared, ‘If
It was revealed this week that
The fight broke out amid a 79F heatwave as sun-worshippers declared, ‘If Dominic Cummings can break the rules, we can too’
Police attended the scene but no arrests were made. The large group defied strict lockdown rules
Thousands of sunbathers and visitors flock to Durdle Door at Lulworth in Dorset this afternoon on a day of clear blue skies and scorching hot sunshine
Speaking this afternoon at a press conference in the No10 Rose Garden, Mr Cummings said his decision to drive to County Durham was based on fears about a lack of childcare if he became incapacitated with coronavirus, and because he did not want to leave his wife and four-year-old boy alone if ‘the situation got worse’.
He said allegations he returned to Durham for a second visit after April 14 were ‘false’.
But the furious response to his actions continued today, with critics saying that the senior aide’s behaviour – and the decision of the Prime Minister to stand behind him – risked sending out the dangerous signal that ‘lockdown is finished’, potentially leading to a second wave of infections.
Visitors queued up to take a dip in the Serpentine in London today as Britain looked set to bask in warm weather on Bank Holiday Monday
Sun seekers lounged on the grass as they soaked up the sun today in Potters Fields, London. Millions chose to go outdoors as the weather was so warm
Meanwhile, surfers in Woolacombe, Dorset, claimed they had every right to defy appeals to stay at home from locals at tourist spots, with Jen, 26, from Warwick, telling MailOnline: ‘If Dominic Cummings can travel from London to Durham during the height of lockdown, then really no one can say anything.’
Her friend, Liching, 26, from London, added: ‘I was a little apprehensive of what the locals would think and worried we might upset them but I’ve not left my house, except for daily walks, since lockdown started. I feel that if Dominic Cummings thought it was acceptable to drive that distance in lockdown, no one can get upset at us for driving now when the government have also said that it’s ok.’
Some of the Government’s scientific advisers also weighed into the debate, with Professor Stephen Reicher saying the PM had ‘trashed’ all the advice he’d been given, while a former police chief argued that his failure to condemn Cummings meant enforcing lockdown is now ‘dead in the water’.
Elsewhere, queues of swimmers gathered outside the Serpentine in London’s Hyde Park, while by midday beaches in Sussex, Essex and Dorset had quickly filled up with visitors looking to enjoy the dry and sunny conditions forecast to last the whole of Bank Holiday Monday.
Potters Fields next to Tower Bridge in London was packed with sun bathers who were safely spaced apart as they enjoyed the warm weather
Tens of thousands of people have flocked to a packed Bournemouth beach today despite pleas from the local council to ‘stay away’ during the lockdown