POLICE were called to a confrontation between the owners of South Parade Pier and the management of its amusement arcade.
Fred Nash, owner of South Parade Pier, claims Southsea Capital Limited the firm which owns the arcade, has failed to pay its rent and says he has issued it with a notice to quit.
But Owen Harris, owner of Southsea Capital Limited, said his company had been trying to negotiate the lease with Mr Nash.
He said the police were called over fears of an illegal eviction.
Mr Harris said: ‘We called the police over fears the owners were threatening an illegal eviction. As far as I’m concerned they are trying to get rid of us before they sell the pier.
‘We’ve been trying to negotiate the lease with them over the last couple of months.’
Mr Nash said: ‘We are telling them the legal position that we have no intention of giving them the lease. We gave them notice to quit the pier and the police were called.’
Inspector Greg Moore said officers had attended the pier to prevent a breach of the peace.
The News revealed yesterday that the Southsea attraction is to be sold at auction next month. A guide price of between £190,000 to £210,000 has been set.