Dispersal order in place across Southend

Mick Ferris

A dispersal order is in place in Southend covering Eastern and Western Esplanade, Marine Parade and the High Street.

The order will run until 2am on Wednesday 20 July.

It comes in response to incidents of anti-social behaviour and concerns raised by traders along the seafront.

Acting Inspector Dave Gardiner of the Southend Community Policing Team said: “We began to see groups of males arriving at the train station and along the seafront in the middle of the afternoon and received multiple calls from business owners who expressed their unease.

“We will take robust action against anyone behaving anti-socially or committing acts of violence.

“There will be a considerable police presence across the city and we will be working with the council’s CCTV operators and our colleagues at the British Transport Police to identify troublemakers and prevent them from spoiling the evening for the law-abiding majority.”

Learn more about Section 60 and dispersal orders on the YouTube channel: Section 60 and Dispersal Orders explained – YouTube

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Mick Ferris

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