Dispersal order set to be imposed in Southend over the coming weekend

A dispersal order will be in place in Southend from midday on Friday September 8 to midday on Sunday September 10.

It will cover the area shown in the map above.

It gives police the power to direct people suspected of acting anti-socially to leave the area, and if they don’t they could be arrested.

Chief Inspector Jo Collins, District Commander for Southend, said: “This weekend is set to be hot and sunny, and Southend will be open for business but closed for crime.

“We want people to come to our wonderful city to enjoy themselves in our fantastic bars and restaurants and have a great time at our brilliant beaches.

“But if you’re planning to come here and cause trouble – my message to you is don’t bother, because we’ll be waiting for you.

“We’re aware of information on social media relating to a potential gathering here on Friday and we have plans in place to deal with it.”