Beauty contest ends in a punch-up

A brawl broke out after the winner was announced in the Miss Scarborough contest

A brawl broke out after the winner was announced in the Miss Scarborough contest

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Police were called to the Miss Scarborough beauty contest after a fight broke out when supporters of one of the contestants claimed the competition was a fix.

Security were kicked, punched and attacked with handbags by a section of the audience when their favourite contestant was eliminated, according to reports.

Some of the horrified young women were said to have wept as glasses flew through the air, and pensioners among the supporters were knocked to the ground in the scrap.

According to the Scarborough News, security stepped in when supporters of one contestant were asked to stop booing.

There were chants of "fix" from a section of the audience at the Flower of May holiday park in Lebberston, according to the Yorkshire Post.

Organiser of the pageant Diane Yalezo declined to comment about the trouble on Saturday night .

But earlier she said she had picked One Moment In Time as the walk-on music for the winner, 18-year-old Jess Gale.

Ms Yalezo told the Yorkshire Post: "Jess should have been able to walk on to that stage and have that one moment but it was totally ruined by that one family."

The Miss Scarborough winner will go on to the Miss England finals in Torquay on June 16.

Money was raised on the night for Martin House Children's Hospice.

A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "Police were called at around 11.45pm on Saturday April 12 to the Flower of May holiday park, Lebberston, following reports of a disturbance.

"When officers arrived at around 11.50pm, the situation had calmed down.

"Police have not received any complaints and no one has been arrested in connection with the incident."

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