Essex traveller clash police take party cakes to homeless

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image captionThe fancy cakes were left at the venue after police broke up a "disagreement"

Police walked off with a number of elaborate cakes after a clash between "travellers and staff" at a party.

The "large scale public order incident" occurred at Stapleford Abbotts Golf Club, Essex, on Tuesday night.

Police were called to a "disagreement" at the party, attended by about 100 people, and "dispersed" those involved.

Afterwards, officers posted photos of themselves removing the cakes, which they said were "donated", and took them to homeless shelters.

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image captionIt took several officers to remove the fairytale castle cake from the venue

Essex Police and a police helicopter were called after trouble broke out at the event at the golf club, near Epping, at about 22:00 GMT.

Rory O'Keeffe, assistant manager at the club, said "about 100 Irish Gypsies" turned up to the party, which he understood was to celebrate a confirmation.

image copyrightInsp Rob Brettell
image captionStaff were still clearing up the morning after the altercation

Insp Rob Brettell, from Essex Police, tweeted to say "lots of damage" had been caused at the club, and some thefts had also been reported.

He later wrote on Twitter to say "a number of cakes were donated to our team tonight".

image copyrightInsp Rob Brettell
image captionThe cakes were taken into custody before being delivered to shelters

He included photographs of a fairytale castle cake and a number of smaller cakes decorated to look like Disney-style princesses.

These, he said, were being taken to homeless shelters and mother and baby units.

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image captionThe cakes were gratefully received by the somewhat bemused charity staff

Mr O'Keeffe said "no real damage" was caused to the club, but staff were still "cleaning up the mess and dirt" on Wednesday morning.

"And I think a few partygoers are still sleeping off their hangovers in a trailer in the car park," he added.

image copyrightInsp Rob Brettell

Essex Police said no-one had been arrested in connection with the incident, but they were "continuing to monitor the situation".

The golf club said it was open for business as usual.

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