Dispersal order in place over Southend car cruise concerns

A dispersal order is in place in Southend following concerns relating to several car cruise events.

Police received a number of reports concerning several car cruise events planned for the seafront area this weekend.

To reduce disruption to residents, a dispersal order has been put in place, covering areas including Eastern Esplanade, Marine Parade, Western Esplanade, The Leas and Chalkwell Esplanade.

The order will remain in place until midnight on Monday August 28. It gives officers additional powers to direct anyone acting anti-socially to leave the area.

PS James Mint, of Southend Community Policing Team, said: “The August bank holiday weekend is traditionally the busiest weekend of the year for the seafront.

“Previous cruises have seen an increase in vehicle-related anti-social behaviour, and with an increased number of visitors to the seafront we want to ensure everyone can enjoy Southend safely and without concerns.

“We know residents, businesses and visitors to Southend want to see us getting ahead of any anti-social behaviour and tackling issues head-on before they arise.

“Those showing cars in a peaceful and legal manner will not be affected by the dispersal order and can continue as normal.”