ABOUT 20 teenagers were involved in a drunken Bank Holiday brawl which spiralled out of control.

Residents were left furious after a fight broke out during a late-night gathering in Rayleigh.

Teens were spotted violently shouting, fighting and speeding up and down Grove Road during the suspected drunken brawl, which erupted at about 10.20pm Monday evening.

Essex Police confirmed an investigation has been launched and are continuing to gather information on the incident.

Lou Roe was among those who took to social media to warn nearby residents of the “worrying” incident.

The 19-year-old, from Rayleigh, said: “It was late when there were at least ten teenagers all screaming and fighting, with one car even speeding around, and I know a few neighbours called the police.

“It must have been so annoying for the residents and really is a worry, people should not be behaving like that even in normal times, but especially not in lockdown when they should be at home. Hopefully the police will catch those responsible.”

Mike Webb, councillor responsible for community at Rochford Council, said: “It is quite worrying that this is happening at all – people especially shouldn’t be gathering at this time while we remain in lockdown.

“This is something I have raised with the police already and I’ve been in touch with council colleagues who have also had concerns. There have also been worries this will be an ongoing issue.

“This type of antisocial behaviour needs to stop, and is something we have taken forward with the chief inspector. I’d urge anyone with any concerns to please call 101 and inform police.”

A spokesperson from Essex Police, said: “We were called at around 10.20pm with reports of a large disturbance in Grove Road, Rayleigh.

“We received reports that this involved up to a group of 20 people and reports that some were fighting.

“We then received further information that people involved in the disturbance drove off from the scene.

“We attended the area and there were no reports of any injuries. We continue to make enquiries.”