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A dispersal order has been put in place in response to an unauthorised car meet in Canvey.
Police were contacted at 9pm tonight, Saturday January 2, with reports of around 70 cars driving dangerously and in an anti-social manner around Canvey Island Retail Park and Roscommon Way.
A large group of people were also reported to be gathering to watch the cars and not following social distancing.
The dispersal order gives officers the power to order people causing anti-social behaviour to leave the area. Breaching any direction given under the order is a criminal offence.
It is in place from 11pm tonight until 9am tomorrow, Sunday January 3.
Inspector Dan McHugh said: “These events often result in anti-social behaviour, dangerous driving and other situations that can put members of the public and those attending at risk of being hurt.
“Such behaviour is even more reckless and selfish given the added dangers of spreading COVID-19.
“It shows a blatant disregard for the vast majority of residents of Canvey and the wider community who are doing the right thing, and disrespect for colleagues in the NHS who are fighting hard to keep people safe from virus.
“We will take robust action against anyone who breaches coronavirus regulations or causes anti-social behaviour.”
The dispersal order covers the area shown in the map, including Canvey Way, Canvey Road, Ferry Road, High Street, High Road, Parts of Somnes Avenue, Roscommon Way, Northwick Road, Haven Road.