Dispersal order to be imposed in Hanningfield this weekend

A dispersal order is being put in place in part of Hanningfield following reports of a planned unlicensed music event.

It will be in place between 12pm on Saturday September 18 and midnight on Monday September 20.

The order covers an area including Seamans Lane, Hanningfield Reservoir, woodland known locally as Blythehedges Wood, Lower Stock Road, Leatherbottle Hill, Middlemead, Hawkswood Road, and South Hanningfield Road, as shown in the map above.

The order gives police the power to move anyone on from the area who may be likely to disturb the local community, be involved in anti-social behaviour or commit violent offences or damage towards property.

A dispersal order does not prevent residents or visitors being in the area affected.

Inspector David Woods said: “A previous unlicensed music event was held in the same area earlier this month, which was linked to anti-social behaviour that caused disruption to local residents.

“The roads in Hanningfield are also mostly unlit country lanes and we have dealt with anti-social driving and speeding in the area.

“With the potentially large numbers of people driving into Hanningfield, there is increased risk to road users and the wider community.

“Unauthorised events such as these also do not have the same safety measures in place as licensed events, and those attending risk being targeted by criminals, who we know often go to these gatherings.

“As well as the dispersal order, we will also use powers available to us to seize music equipment.”

Anyone who witnesses any crime or anti-social behaviour order is asked to contact police.
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, you can call 101.


Mick Ferris

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