A video shared online shows two youths exchanging blows on the Chatsworth estate yesterday, June 24, as scores of young people look on.
The footage, in which many of those gathered are topless or in swimwear and appear to be flouting social distancing guidelines, has been viewed more than 180,000 times since being posted on Facebook.
Derbyshire police said: “We are aware of a video circulating on social media of a large group of young people gathered in the grounds of the Chatsworth Estate, when a fight breaks out between two of the group.
“We received a call at 4.35pm yesterday to report that a large group of youths were gathered by the River Derwent and a fight had broken out. When officers attended, the group had moved on.”
Dom Newton, who shared the footage, said: “I’ve been going to Chatsworth for 20 years and we used to go and have a drink and have a laugh but I’ve never seen anything like that.
“There were hundreds of people and they all started swarming when the fight broke out.
“There were families with young children around, and people were having to wheel their pushchairs out of the way.
“It was all over in about five minutes but everyone involved should be embarrassed, not just for themselves but for letting down everyone who enjoys visiting Chatsworth.”
More than 1,500 people have commented on social media, with many expressing their shock.
One man wrote: “This is disgusting. I feel so angry that parents have allowed their kids to meet together in large numbers, in a beautiful place like Chatsworth, to behave like that.
“They are spoiling it for everyone else. The hottest day of year, when families and people including elderly just want to enjoy the sunshine in beautiful surroundings, and these morons behave like that. Embarrassing.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Derbyshire police on 101, quoting reference number 1010 of June 24.