Dispersal order in place across Southend seafront

A dispersal order has been put in place in Southend following concerns that a large number of vehicles will attend the seafront area as part of a pre-arranged car meet.

The dispersal order has been put in place to prevent crime and disorder and prevent people living in the area being harassed, alarmed or distressed.

It gives police the power to move people away from the area. They can be arrested if they don’t comply or return to that area within a certain time-period.

The order is in place until 6am tomorrow.

The area affected is covered by, and includes Chalkwell Esplanade, Western Esplanade, Marine Parade, Eastern Esplanade, Thorpe Esplanade and Shoebury Common Road.

Sergeant Dan Hirsch, Southend Community Policing Team said: “These orders are here to keep everyone safe, and to ensure that the local community can continue their daily lives without fear of anti-social behaviour or disorder. My officers will have extra powers until 6am tomorrow to prevent any disturbances taking place.

“We’re here to keep you safe, so don’t be alarmed if you see a larger police presence this evening.

“We regularly patrol the area and work closely with partners to tackle anti-social behaviour and poor and dangerous driving.

“We may be called upon to utilise legislation to seize vehicles committing offences if any anti-social behaviour has a detrimental effect on the environment and community.

“We also have to be mindful that dangerous driving could put lives at risk.

“If you have any concerns about antisocial behaviour in your local area, you can submit a report online at https://www.essex.police.uk or use the ‘Live Chat’ button to speak to an online operator between 7am-11pm. Alternatively call 101.

Always call 999 in an emergency.”

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Mick Ferris

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