Cops hunt shirtless and pot-bellied men after boozy beach brawl saw DECKCHAIRS and tables hurled in front of families

POLICE are hunting a group of shirtless louts who lobbed deckchairs at each other in a boozy seaside brawl.

Shocking footage showed the thugs using chairs and tables as weapons during the violence in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, on Sunday.

Cops have now released images of 15 men they are hoping to trace after the fight.

The pictures show some of the yobs with their tops off displaying round bellies and sore-looking sunburn.

Others can be seen looking menacingly at the camera.

Horrified sunseekers enjoying the 28C weather could be seen fleeing as the group chucked bottles at each other at the Pebbles One cafe.

The yobs were left bleeding as they brawled while still in their swimming shorts with no shoes or tops on.

The cafe was left covered in broken glass and strewn chairs following the carnage.

Owner Paul Thompson told the Your Southend Facebook page: "A group of people were eating lunch at one end of the decking. A second group confronted them from the beach and they began throwing deck chairs and chairs at each other.

"They seemed to be two groups that were known to each other. There were no injuries we know of and the police arrived swiftly to quell any further trouble."

Essex Police slammed the thugs for attempting to "spoil it for everyone else" with their behaviour.

Chief Inspector Ian Hughes, District Commander for Southend, said: “Our officers were out in force over the weekend helping people and keeping you safe.

“While the vast majority of people enjoyed the Southend sunshine safely there were, sadly, a few who attempted to spoil it for everyone else.

“Officers are working hard to identify those involved and as part of our enquiries we want to speak to speak to the 15 men pictured.

“If you recognise any of the men pictured or have information about who they are please contact us.

“If you are one of those pictured, please get in touch and speak to us.”

Anyone with information has been asked to call police on 101 quoting the crime reference number 42/113918/21.

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