A LARGE brawl broke out near a seafront pub after a woman allegedly approached a group shouting “black lives don’t matter”.

A woman has been arrested and a probe launched after the fight on Marine Parade, Southend, outside the Papillon pub on Friday evening.

Footage shared to Facebook, which has been viewed more than 20,000 times, shows multiple women fighting near tables at the front of the pub.

The fight moves onto the pavement next to a row of parked cars as other punters look on in horror.

Towards the end of the video, a police van arrives on the road and officers try to break up the fight.

Essex Police confirmed yesterday a woman was arrested on suspicion of assault and racially aggravated public order in relation to the incident.

One woman, who witnessed the incident play out in the evening, said the altercation broke out quickly.

She said: “I was just out with friends when that madness kicked off. They all just jumped her and were all hitting her.

“She was then screaming at a group and I heard she was saying black lives don’t matter.

“They were all really rowdy, it was pretty mental to be honest.

“I just wanted to have a pint with my friends.

“I think the sun got to people’s heads.”

A police spokesman said: “A 29-year old woman was arrested on Friday 31 July just after 10.05pm following reports of a disturbance in Marine Parade, Southend.

“She has been arrested on suspicion of assault and racially aggravated public order.

“She has been released on bail until Friday August 21.”