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Beachgoers fight with sunbeds and umbrellas in huge brawl 'over where to sit'

A huge fight has been filmed erupting on a beach with young people caught hurling umbrellas and sunbeds at each other.

The footage, taken on Saturday at Blankenberge beach in West Flanders, Belgium, shows dozens of beachgoers crowding around a brawl as police try to regain control.

Several people are seen hurling punches at each other and some involved also appear to throw sand into the police officers’ faces.

The fight started when a lifeguard pointed out to a group of roughly 40 young people that they were not allowed to sit on the breakwater, according to Brussels Times.

But they reportedly refused to leave and a huge brawl broke out, with police being called.

The huge brawl breaking out on the beach in Belgium

Describing the incident, a bar manager told De Standaard: “There was suddenly massive fighting and total chaos broke out.

“Sun umbrellas and sunbeds flew, windsurfing poles were used as weapons.”

Police made several arrests after reinforcements were called to break up the brawl.

Day-trippers are now banned from Blackenberge today and Mayor Daphné Dumery has called for trains not to run to the seaside resort.

Some of those involved appeared to hurl sand into police officers' faces
Some of those involved appeared to hurl sand into police officers’ faces
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She also condemned the actions of the beachgoers, saying: “I think this is terrible.

“For people who come with good intentions and want to enjoy a day in Blankenberge, this is very bad. I think of children and their parents.

“Our city needs a time-out. On Sunday we want to keep day-trippers out of Blankenberge as much as possible.

“Only residents, second-home owners, overnight tourists and people working in the city will be admitted. With this measure, we hope to restore peace.”

Umbrellas and sunbeds were used as weapons
Umbrellas and sunbeds were used as weapons

Dumery added that “most of the troublemakers had been caught”, claiming that a large number of them “had a long list of previous offences”.

The incident comes as thousands of Brits flocked to beaches in the UK yesterday to enjoy the scorching heatwave.

Beaches were put on “red alert” after huge crowds packed the coastline with little-to-no social distancing in place.

Source Daily Star – World News

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