Dispersal order powers in place in Leigh-on-Sea following reports of anti-social behaviour and large groups of people gathering.
Police received reports at around 10.30pm yesterday concerning a large group of people in High Street.
They also received information that people were playing loud music and bottles were being thrown.
Dispersal powers are in place between noon and midnight today.
This covers Marine Parade and Rectory Grove and all areas south of them, Belton Way West in its entirety from the junction with Marine Parade and all areas east of it as far as Leigh Hill at its junctions with The Broadway and Cliff Parade.
The order covers all areas of Two Tree Island including the access road to the island.
Chief Inspector Ian Hughes, District Commander for Southend, said: “I was disappointed to see the volume of people in the High Street, Leigh-on-Sea last night, however it is important to acknowledge that the majority of people continue to comply with social distancing.
“As a result of the gathering and information we have received, we have dispersal order powers in place in the area highlighted.
“The vast majority of people in my district have been doing the right thing and sticking to the Government guidance and we want to thank them for that.
“We continue to engage with the public, explain the Government guidance, and encourage them to do the right thing and our officers continue to use their discretion and judgement in these situations. While enforcement is a last resort, my officers will take action if necessary.”
During last night’s gathering, we received one report that car was damaged and we are investigating this.
We also arrested a man who was wanted by another police force in connection with burglary offences.
A dispersal order overnight to deal with anti-social behaviour in Thorpe Bay finished earlier today without the need for enforcement action.
If you see anyone acting anti-socially or in a way which is intimidating or causes you or others distress, please call us on 101 so that we can take action. In an emergency always dial 999.