Kids Kingdom, in Garon Park, off Eastern Avenue, Southend, is currently holding a week of free events for children who have got 100 per cent attendance at local schools. An altercation between a group of passing youths and parents broke out on Tuesday night.
A man, aged in his fifties, was assaulted during the incident. Thankfully he was not injured. Eyewitnesses told how one of the gang members had a machete hidden in his trouser leg.Which must have made walking a bit difficult....
The parent said: “We were queuing up to get in when this group of five or six youths attacked this man.
“Apparently they had sworn at him and he had asked what they were doing.
“They were just out looking for a fight.
“Kids Kingdom were amazing and the police were brilliant.
“We were all bundled into the reception area and they barricaded the door.”Why were the police 'brilliant'..? What did they do?
They certainly don't seem to have arrested anyone!
Essex Police said it was unable to confirm the ages of the youths involved. A spokesman told the Echo a weapon was being carried by the group - but was unable to confirm whether it was a machete.What are you able to confirm? How about the identities of the attackers? But no, we'll have to go to the local news for that.
No, silly! Not the actual report, the comments, where the real picture emerges!
Essex Police's strange reluctance to act is now thrown into sharp focus.