Lancashire

Blackpool disorder: Resort council wants no brawl repeat

Victoria Street - Bank Hey Street Blackpool Image copyright Google
Image caption Police said the disorder lasted an hour

Tourism chiefs in Blackpool have pledged to stamp out street disorder after a mass brawl broke out in the resort on Friday night.

Three police officers were injured as up to 500 rioting youths pelted them with missiles including bottles.

Councillor Graham Cain, who is responsible for tourism, said the council would be meet police to prevent any further violence next weekend.

Fighting broke out in Bank Hey Street and Victoria Street at about 21:00 BST.

Hundreds of families were in the town centre for the latest heat of the World Fireworks Championships when the violence started.

Mr Cain, Blackpool Council's cabinet member for tourism and leisure, said: "The World Fireworks Championships are a fantastic family event which come towards the end of what has undoubtedly been a magnificent year for Blackpool.

"The free fireworks events attract tens of thousands of decent people and we are saddened that a small minority of troublemakers tried to spoil the event with their appalling behaviour.

"We will not tolerate this sort of behaviour in a family resort and we will be speaking to and working with the police in the coming days to ensure next week's final fireworks event will be a great occasion that families can enjoy."

Three officers received minor injuries with police eventually bringing the situation under control after an hour.

Twelve people, aged 13 to 22, have been arrested.

Extra patrols have taken place over the weekend with more planned for next Friday.

Those arrested for a variety of public order offences are currently in custody, Lancashire Police said.

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