TWO teenagers have been charged after a fight broke out at an outdoor cinema event showing Mamma Mia 2.

Police received reports of drunken behaviour and four men fighting in Rayleigh after an open air cinema event at King George’s Park.

This lead to an 18-year-old from Leigh and a 17-year-old boy from Rayleigh being arrested in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The 17-year-old has been charged with obstructing an officer in the execution of their duty and a public order offence.

He has been bailed until he appears at Basildon Youth Court.

The 18-year-old has been charged with two counts of assault by beating of an emergency worker, two counts of criminal damage, and two counts of use threatening words and behaviour intending to stir up religious and sexual orientation hatred.

This man has been remanded into custody and was due to appear at court today.

Residents and film lovers were watching Mamma Mia 2 at the park on Friday night.

The event was held by Moonbeamers Popup Cinema.

The incident has led to calls for greater event security.

James Newport, Lib Dem councillor for Downhall and Rawreth, said: “As a Rayleigh town councillor, I was disappointed that a community event could be spoilt by the behaviour of a few.

“I expect security of these events will be considered in due course.”

He went on to urge residents to send their comments about the incident to the town clerk at Rochford District Council.

Event-goers said the fight was quite scary.

Emma Burton, 44, of Rayleigh said: “It was quite intimidating, especially if you needed the loo and had to walk across the field in the dark.

“It is a shame as it was a lovely event. We love the film and did still enjoy it.

“I am pleased to see police are taking the incident seriously and are taking some action.

“There were lots of families and people who all saw this.”

The council chairman and event organisers were contacted for comment but did not respond at the time of going to press.