The busiest ever Bradfest is shut down to disperse crowds after drunken incidents in Westward Ho! see one in hospital and one arrest.

The organiser of a Westward Ho! festival said he is disappointed it had to be shut down on Sunday after a large disturbance.

One person was arrested and police said they expect a ‘number of arrests’ could still come after the incident outside Bradfest on Sunday evening.

Torridge sector inspector Shaun Kenneally said police were called to reports of ‘a number of teenage boys squaring up to each other and fighting’ in Golf Links Road.

Inspector Kenneally said: “One female officer was assaulted and was bitten on the arm.

Rob Braddick (left) the organiser of Bradfest said it was going 'excellently' until the incident outside. Picture: Simon ElleryRob Braddick (left) the organiser of Bradfest said it was going 'excellently' until the incident outside. Picture: Simon Ellery

“One arrest was made for being drunk and disorderly and one man was unconscious and taken by ambulance to North Devon District Hospital.

“There was a lot of general drunkenness and we think some underage drinking.

“We are investigating and we anticipate some further arrests.”

The festival, now in its seventh year, was shut down at the request of officers, to disperse crowds.

Scenes inside Bradfest, where the party was in full swing with live music.Scenes inside Bradfest, where the party was in full swing with live music.

Rob Braddick, who owns The Water Front Inn and Fairyway Buoy where Bradfest was taking place, said the festival was shut down at 8.30pm, with the live music stopped.

He said: “It was all going very well; it was the busiest it’s ever been.

“From what I understand, young people were turning up on the busses and drinking their own drinks on the sea wall, which I have no control over.

“I think there was a little bit of a ruckus on the putting green away from us; the police were called and then we were shut down.

Inside Bradfest was all smiles. Picture: Simon ElleryInside Bradfest was all smiles. Picture: Simon Ellery

“It’s such a shame. We’re meeting with the police tomorrow (Wednesday) to see what we can do and I hope we can continue next year, but we will see.”

It is understood a teenage girl was also treated by Bideford Coastguard, who were at the scene, for a head injury.

Police are now appealing for information after the incidents and would like to hear from anyone who witnessed any crime or disorder or the sale of alcohol to under 18s.

If you can help, call police on 101 or email 101@dc.police.uk quoting log 181 of 30/05/2017.

Bradfest was the busiest ever in its seven year history.Bradfest was the busiest ever in its seven year history.