Schoolboy hurt as teens' foam party erupts in a brawl

"First problem we've had" - Ian Trask, of Kids Kingdom

First published in Local News

A BOY aged 14 was left with a black eye and a head injury as a teenage foam party at Kids Kingdom descended into chaos.

Police were called to the party for 11 to 16-year-olds at the venue in Eastern Avenue, Southend, after a fight.

Owner Ian Trask said trouble broke out 30 minutes before the end of the two-hour event, which should have included a fun foam party for nearly 200 youngsters.

He was forced to cancel the foam and eject the troublemakers and has nowwarned the regular party nights may have to be cancelled.

He said: “For no obvious reason, about a dozen teenagers decided to start an inter-school altercation.

“The rest of the team and I were dealing with it and everyone thought it would be safer not use the foam. The group who caused the trouble were asked to leave. We called police as a guy got a black eye.

“We’ve been running these nights for two years and this the first issue we have had. We’ve spoken to police and hope a PCSO will attend the next one, just in case. If it happens again I might have to stop the nights. It is shame that a small number of people spoilt it for the majority.”

A parent claimed her daughter was also ejected, even though she wasn’t involved in the trouble.

Linda Plant, from Parkanaur, Thorpe Bay, said 11-year-old, Isabelle, wouldn’t be going back.

Mrs Plant said: “I won’t allow her to go to Kids Kingdom again.

It was supposed to be a foam party and they didn’t even have that.”

A police spokesman said: “We are investigating an assault on a boy at 8.45pm on June 27. He received swelling to the face and a lump to the back of his head.

We are waiting to speak to a number of witnesses.

“Anyone with information should call Southend Police on 101.”

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3:26pm Tue 8 Jul 14

scrounger‎ says...

I was out at work at 15, no foam parties back then, will this generation never grow up?
I was out at work at 15, no foam parties back then, will this generation never grow up? scrounger‎
  • Score: 8

4:12pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Who_Flung_Dung says...

PCSO to attend the next event?

I think you need to employ security, not expecting a PCSO to be removed from the street so you make profit!
PCSO to attend the next event? I think you need to employ security, not expecting a PCSO to be removed from the street so you make profit! Who_Flung_Dung
  • Score: 29

4:35pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Popsiepop says...

Definite need for security and a permanent ban for all trouble makers.. If toddlers can behave here and teenagers cannot then yes maybe stop the nights and save the aggro....
Definite need for security and a permanent ban for all trouble makers.. If toddlers can behave here and teenagers cannot then yes maybe stop the nights and save the aggro.... Popsiepop
  • Score: 9

6:24pm Tue 8 Jul 14

shoebury52 says...

Think the mothers comment is classic, not the fact that her 11yr old got kicked out. Rather that they advertised a foam party and they never turned the foam on.
Think the mothers comment is classic, not the fact that her 11yr old got kicked out. Rather that they advertised a foam party and they never turned the foam on. shoebury52
  • Score: 21

7:32pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Nebs says...

Two men enter, one man leaves.
Two men enter, one man leaves. Nebs
  • Score: 2

8:29pm Tue 8 Jul 14

shoebury52 says...

Not a guy got a black eye a kid.

Not 2 men enter 2 boys enter these are kids.
Not a guy got a black eye a kid. Not 2 men enter 2 boys enter these are kids. shoebury52
  • Score: 2

9:13pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Robin Reliant says...

Who_Flung_Dung wrote:
PCSO to attend the next event?

I think you need to employ security, not expecting a PCSO to be removed from the street so you make profit!
Ha what a cheek asking the police to attend a kiddies foam party at our expense, yes that will look great having police on guard at a kids foam party, shouldn't think many parents will let their kids attend, i know i wouldn't, not a great advert from Kids kingdom.

Linda Plant from parkanaur Thorpe bay no less.!
[quote][p][bold]Who_Flung_Dung[/bold] wrote: PCSO to attend the next event? I think you need to employ security, not expecting a PCSO to be removed from the street so you make profit![/p][/quote]Ha what a cheek asking the police to attend a kiddies foam party at our expense, yes that will look great having police on guard at a kids foam party, shouldn't think many parents will let their kids attend, i know i wouldn't, not a great advert from Kids kingdom. Linda Plant from parkanaur Thorpe bay no less.! Robin Reliant
  • Score: 9

5:47am Wed 9 Jul 14

VeteranOfMany says...

In my youth we went to the park, went on a roundabout, a slide, a seesaw
it was free, and we loved it.
In my youth we went to the park, went on a roundabout, a slide, a seesaw it was free, and we loved it. VeteranOfMany
  • Score: 5

8:13am Wed 9 Jul 14

supermadmax says...

A parent claimed her daughter was also ejected, even though she wasn’t involved in the trouble. Linda Plant, from Parkanaur, Thorpe Bay, said 11-year-old, Isabelle, wouldn’t be going back.

Yeah, never your kid is it parent ? always the others, & Why are you taking an 11 year old to a violent gang fight with an average age of 15/16 ?

As for Ian Task demanding a PSCO so he can line his greedy pockets and keep the events on going, I would suggest the police should give him a formal warning and keep a close eye on these events in future, if there is any more trouble he should be charged under a public order offence.
A parent claimed her daughter was also ejected, even though she wasn’t involved in the trouble. Linda Plant, from Parkanaur, Thorpe Bay, said 11-year-old, Isabelle, wouldn’t be going back. Yeah, never your kid is it parent ? always the others, & Why are you taking an 11 year old to a violent gang fight with an average age of 15/16 ? As for Ian Task demanding a PSCO so he can line his greedy pockets and keep the events on going, I would suggest the police should give him a formal warning and keep a close eye on these events in future, if there is any more trouble he should be charged under a public order offence. supermadmax
  • Score: 5

10:47am Wed 9 Jul 14

Robin Reliant says...

supermadmax wrote:
A parent claimed her daughter was also ejected, even though she wasn’t involved in the trouble. Linda Plant, from Parkanaur, Thorpe Bay, said 11-year-old, Isabelle, wouldn’t be going back.

Yeah, never your kid is it parent ? always the others, & Why are you taking an 11 year old to a violent gang fight with an average age of 15/16 ?

As for Ian Task demanding a PSCO so he can line his greedy pockets and keep the events on going, I would suggest the police should give him a formal warning and keep a close eye on these events in future, if there is any more trouble he should be charged under a public order offence.
In all fairness to Linda Plant of Parkanaur Thorpe Bay No Less, it was an 11-16 year old party, so Young Isabella just qualified being 11, sure Linda Plant of Parkanaur Thorpe Bay (No less) didn't wager on it being a inter-school gang fight on a bouncy castle with black eyes and head injuries.
[quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: A parent claimed her daughter was also ejected, even though she wasn’t involved in the trouble. Linda Plant, from Parkanaur, Thorpe Bay, said 11-year-old, Isabelle, wouldn’t be going back. Yeah, never your kid is it parent ? always the others, & Why are you taking an 11 year old to a violent gang fight with an average age of 15/16 ? As for Ian Task demanding a PSCO so he can line his greedy pockets and keep the events on going, I would suggest the police should give him a formal warning and keep a close eye on these events in future, if there is any more trouble he should be charged under a public order offence.[/p][/quote]In all fairness to Linda Plant of Parkanaur Thorpe Bay No Less, it was an 11-16 year old party, so Young Isabella just qualified being 11, sure Linda Plant of Parkanaur Thorpe Bay (No less) didn't wager on it being a inter-school gang fight on a bouncy castle with black eyes and head injuries. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 2

10:47am Wed 9 Jul 14

Robin Reliant says...

supermadmax wrote:
A parent claimed her daughter was also ejected, even though she wasn’t involved in the trouble. Linda Plant, from Parkanaur, Thorpe Bay, said 11-year-old, Isabelle, wouldn’t be going back.

Yeah, never your kid is it parent ? always the others, & Why are you taking an 11 year old to a violent gang fight with an average age of 15/16 ?

As for Ian Task demanding a PSCO so he can line his greedy pockets and keep the events on going, I would suggest the police should give him a formal warning and keep a close eye on these events in future, if there is any more trouble he should be charged under a public order offence.
In all fairness to Linda Plant of Parkanaur Thorpe Bay No Less, it was an 11-16 year old party, so Young Isabella just qualified being 11, sure Linda Plant of Parkanaur Thorpe Bay (No less) didn't wager on it being a inter-school gang fight on a bouncy castle with black eyes and head injuries.
[quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: A parent claimed her daughter was also ejected, even though she wasn’t involved in the trouble. Linda Plant, from Parkanaur, Thorpe Bay, said 11-year-old, Isabelle, wouldn’t be going back. Yeah, never your kid is it parent ? always the others, & Why are you taking an 11 year old to a violent gang fight with an average age of 15/16 ? As for Ian Task demanding a PSCO so he can line his greedy pockets and keep the events on going, I would suggest the police should give him a formal warning and keep a close eye on these events in future, if there is any more trouble he should be charged under a public order offence.[/p][/quote]In all fairness to Linda Plant of Parkanaur Thorpe Bay No Less, it was an 11-16 year old party, so Young Isabella just qualified being 11, sure Linda Plant of Parkanaur Thorpe Bay (No less) didn't wager on it being a inter-school gang fight on a bouncy castle with black eyes and head injuries. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 1

11:00am Wed 9 Jul 14

supermadmax says...

Robin Reliant wrote:
supermadmax wrote:
A parent claimed her daughter was also ejected, even though she wasn’t involved in the trouble. Linda Plant, from Parkanaur, Thorpe Bay, said 11-year-old, Isabelle, wouldn’t be going back.

Yeah, never your kid is it parent ? always the others, & Why are you taking an 11 year old to a violent gang fight with an average age of 15/16 ?

As for Ian Task demanding a PSCO so he can line his greedy pockets and keep the events on going, I would suggest the police should give him a formal warning and keep a close eye on these events in future, if there is any more trouble he should be charged under a public order offence.
In all fairness to Linda Plant of Parkanaur Thorpe Bay No Less, it was an 11-16 year old party, so Young Isabella just qualified being 11, sure Linda Plant of Parkanaur Thorpe Bay (No less) didn't wager on it being a inter-school gang fight on a bouncy castle with black eyes and head injuries.
No, Linda sounds like an irresponsible parent to me. There is a big different between a 10 year old and a group of 16 year old gang members. It would also appear her child has some serious behavioural issues given she was ejected for being one of the alleged ringleaders.

Linda's indifferent attitude and refusal to take any responsibility could well sum up her mindset to parenting in general.
[quote][p][bold]Robin Reliant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: A parent claimed her daughter was also ejected, even though she wasn’t involved in the trouble. Linda Plant, from Parkanaur, Thorpe Bay, said 11-year-old, Isabelle, wouldn’t be going back. Yeah, never your kid is it parent ? always the others, & Why are you taking an 11 year old to a violent gang fight with an average age of 15/16 ? As for Ian Task demanding a PSCO so he can line his greedy pockets and keep the events on going, I would suggest the police should give him a formal warning and keep a close eye on these events in future, if there is any more trouble he should be charged under a public order offence.[/p][/quote]In all fairness to Linda Plant of Parkanaur Thorpe Bay No Less, it was an 11-16 year old party, so Young Isabella just qualified being 11, sure Linda Plant of Parkanaur Thorpe Bay (No less) didn't wager on it being a inter-school gang fight on a bouncy castle with black eyes and head injuries.[/p][/quote]No, Linda sounds like an irresponsible parent to me. There is a big different between a 10 year old and a group of 16 year old gang members. It would also appear her child has some serious behavioural issues given she was ejected for being one of the alleged ringleaders. Linda's indifferent attitude and refusal to take any responsibility could well sum up her mindset to parenting in general. supermadmax
  • Score: 2

12:02pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Howard Cháse says...

shoebury52 wrote:
Not a guy got a black eye a kid.

Not 2 men enter 2 boys enter these are kids.
Two men enter two boys?

Sounds a bit dodgy to me......
[quote][p][bold]shoebury52[/bold] wrote: Not a guy got a black eye a kid. Not 2 men enter 2 boys enter these are kids.[/p][/quote]Two men enter two boys? Sounds a bit dodgy to me...... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 3

2:37pm Wed 9 Jul 14

roboea123 says...

Noisy crap hole that stinks of feet and run by teenagers most of the week, shut it down
Noisy crap hole that stinks of feet and run by teenagers most of the week, shut it down roboea123
  • Score: 5

4:28pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Robin Reliant says...

supermadmax wrote:
Robin Reliant wrote:
supermadmax wrote:
A parent claimed her daughter was also ejected, even though she wasn’t involved in the trouble. Linda Plant, from Parkanaur, Thorpe Bay, said 11-year-old, Isabelle, wouldn’t be going back.

Yeah, never your kid is it parent ? always the others, & Why are you taking an 11 year old to a violent gang fight with an average age of 15/16 ?

As for Ian Task demanding a PSCO so he can line his greedy pockets and keep the events on going, I would suggest the police should give him a formal warning and keep a close eye on these events in future, if there is any more trouble he should be charged under a public order offence.
In all fairness to Linda Plant of Parkanaur Thorpe Bay No Less, it was an 11-16 year old party, so Young Isabella just qualified being 11, sure Linda Plant of Parkanaur Thorpe Bay (No less) didn't wager on it being a inter-school gang fight on a bouncy castle with black eyes and head injuries.
No, Linda sounds like an irresponsible parent to me. There is a big different between a 10 year old and a group of 16 year old gang members. It would also appear her child has some serious behavioural issues given she was ejected for being one of the alleged ringleaders.

Linda's indifferent attitude and refusal to take any responsibility could well sum up her mindset to parenting in general.
After re-reading it and it does clearly state that the trouble makers were asked to leave including 11 year old Isabelle, so maybe you are correct, us not being there we didn't see with our own eyes, but the manager and team threw the bad ones out and they witnessed it, but why let an 11 year old get involved with this gang stuff and whats more she didn't get the foam part of the party.
[quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robin Reliant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: A parent claimed her daughter was also ejected, even though she wasn’t involved in the trouble. Linda Plant, from Parkanaur, Thorpe Bay, said 11-year-old, Isabelle, wouldn’t be going back. Yeah, never your kid is it parent ? always the others, & Why are you taking an 11 year old to a violent gang fight with an average age of 15/16 ? As for Ian Task demanding a PSCO so he can line his greedy pockets and keep the events on going, I would suggest the police should give him a formal warning and keep a close eye on these events in future, if there is any more trouble he should be charged under a public order offence.[/p][/quote]In all fairness to Linda Plant of Parkanaur Thorpe Bay No Less, it was an 11-16 year old party, so Young Isabella just qualified being 11, sure Linda Plant of Parkanaur Thorpe Bay (No less) didn't wager on it being a inter-school gang fight on a bouncy castle with black eyes and head injuries.[/p][/quote]No, Linda sounds like an irresponsible parent to me. There is a big different between a 10 year old and a group of 16 year old gang members. It would also appear her child has some serious behavioural issues given she was ejected for being one of the alleged ringleaders. Linda's indifferent attitude and refusal to take any responsibility could well sum up her mindset to parenting in general.[/p][/quote]After re-reading it and it does clearly state that the trouble makers were asked to leave including 11 year old Isabelle, so maybe you are correct, us not being there we didn't see with our own eyes, but the manager and team threw the bad ones out and they witnessed it, but why let an 11 year old get involved with this gang stuff and whats more she didn't get the foam part of the party. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 3

5:58pm Wed 9 Jul 14

The Macduffian says...

Please can someone tell me what a foam party is. and why do 16 year olds want to play with it, all l can think of is a fire engine like vehicle turns up and fills the place with foam
Please can someone tell me what a foam party is. and why do 16 year olds want to play with it, all l can think of is a fire engine like vehicle turns up and fills the place with foam The Macduffian
  • Score: 0

5:39pm Sat 19 Jul 14

giorgiawx says...

It's easy for most people to comment due to the safety of their children , which I completely understand.
But if you actually worked there - and saw what these teens are capable of, you'd be focussing more on how these children are being raised rather than the "state" of the place.
If your sons or daughters worked there I'm 100% sure you would be extremely angry knowing teens entered the building for a good time, started a riot which resulting in your relative (staff) being bitten, punched in the face and spat on.

See the bigger picture here.
It's easy for most people to comment due to the safety of their children , which I completely understand. But if you actually worked there - and saw what these teens are capable of, you'd be focussing more on how these children are being raised rather than the "state" of the place. If your sons or daughters worked there I'm 100% sure you would be extremely angry knowing teens entered the building for a good time, started a riot which resulting in your relative (staff) being bitten, punched in the face and spat on. See the bigger picture here. giorgiawx
  • Score: 5

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