Police issue warning after disorder in Southend

“We won’t tolerate people putting the public at risk” – that’s the message from Essex Police to anyone thinking of carrying out violence in Southend today.

It follows a number of incidents of disorder in and around the seafront yesterday evening.

A Section 60 authority – which extends officers stop and search powers – and a dispersal order are both in place and a further Section 60 authority and dispersal order are to be put in place after the present one expires tonight.

To complement the existing policing operation on the seafront area in Southend, further additional specialist officers have been brought in to bolster the existing visible presence in and around the seafront.

Chief Inspector David Miles said: “The type of behaviour we saw last night from some people on the seafront was completely unacceptable and we won’t tolerate people putting the public at risk.

“Good, law abiding residents and visitors should be able to enjoy our wonderful seafront in the sun without the fear for their safety.

“Following the incidents last night we took swift action to put a Section 60 authority and a dispersal order in place, as well as re-direct officers from elsewhere in the county to support officers here in Southend.

“Arrests were made last night in relation to robbery and possession of an offensive weapon, and we have ongoing investigations into several incidents.

“We’re also working with our colleagues at British Transport Police to identify offenders as they come into city.

“If you think you can come to Southend and carry out violence, think again.”

Chief Insp Miles added: “We know these incidents will have caused concern for traders along the seafront as well those visiting it and we are engaging with them.

“I know these incidents and our investigations can be disruptive to them and I want to thank them for their understanding and co-operation.

“You’ll continue to see a high, visible police presence in and around the seafront so if you have any concerns please come and speak to one of our officers.”

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Mick Ferris

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