Adventure Island theme park in Southend is evacuated amid mass brawl as panicked families flee 

Adventure Island in Southend, Essex has reportedly been evacuated after a ‘fight broke out’. 

According to witness reports, a fight of around 40 people broke out, which the security were powerless to do anything about.

Initial reports from eyewitnesses claimed there were knives involved in the incident, although police say there is no evidence for this.  

Unconfirmed reports suggest there was a stabbing in the park

Unconfirmed reports suggest there was a stabbing in the park

Unconfirmed reports suggest there was a stabbing in the park

A spokesman from Essex Police said: ‘We are on the scene of an incident at Adventure Island, in Western Esplanade, Southend.

‘We were called shortly before 4.40pm today, Friday 20 August, with reports of an assault.

‘Our units arrived within two minutes to begin dealing with the incident. A number of arrests have been made.’

There are no confirmed reports of weapons of any kind being used against anyone.

‘We will provide an update when we can.’

A person told The Mirror: ‘A fight broke out in the queue on the rollercoaster opposite the main ticket office.  

‘Security guards ran to the incident and there were about 30 to 40 people fighting.

‘Security couldn’t contain the incident. Everyone was told to evacuate or stay inside the centre area.

‘I and a number of other people called 999. There was a huge police attendance.’ 

The theme park has been closed over the incident.

Local bus company EnsignBus confirmed their services have been suspended as a result of the incident

Local bus company EnsignBus confirmed their services have been suspended as a result of the incident

Local bus company EnsignBus confirmed their services have been suspended as a result of the incident

One person on social media said: ‘Not sure what’s happening we have been evacuated out of Adventure Island due to a code Red.’ 

Another person claimed the incident started a ‘stampede’ from panicked patrons.  

Others say the fight involved members of security. 

Local bus company EnsignBus confirmed their services have been suspended as a result of the incident. 

They tweeted: ‘Due to a Police incident, buses are unable to serve the Kursaal bus stops for the rest of the day. Please use the Southend Pier bus stop.’ 

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