A dispersal order has been put in place in Brentwood following reports of disorder.
Police received reports of a large group of people, all believed to be teenagers, being abusive and creating a disturbance on Brentwood High Street at around 9.35pm on Monday June 29.
Officers have now put a dispersal order in place for an area covering Brentwood High Street, the town centre area and Kings Road down to Brentwood Railway Station until 10pm tomorrow.
This gives officers the power to direct anyone in that area to leave and not to return for the period the order is in place to reduce the likelihood of crime or disorder and members of the public being harassed or distressed.
Inspector Terry Fisher said: “We have acted quickly to put this order in place to deal with the disorder that has broken out in the centre of Brentwood.
“This type of behaviour is not acceptable and we won’t tolerate members of the public being subjected to abuse or any behaviour which may cause them to fear for their safety.
“We will continue to work with our partners to address issues of anti-social behaviour and use the powers we have at our disposal to keep you safe.”