A dispersal order continues to remain in place today following concerns about anti-social behaviour in Thorpe Bay.
The order will run until 6am Saturday June 27 in response to reports in Thorpe Bay Gardens of vehicles driving on grass areas, speeding and other traffic offences and concerns about drug use and noise disturbance.
Dispersal order powers have been in place since 6pm on Wednesday June 24 following reports that a man was assaulted on Tuesday.
A 17 year-old boy arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of an offensive weapon has been released on bail until July 15.
Chief Inspector Ian Hughes, District Commander for Southend, said: “We have secured extra powers until tomorrow morning to move people away from the dispersal area.
“We’ve received information that an unauthorised event is being planned for this evening and we’ve put this order in place to help address any concerns from the community.
“The message is clear – if you’re planning to come down and act anti-socially, you’ll be asked to leave by my officers.
“If you come back, we’ll take further action against and you may face time in custody, a large fine or you may be put before a court.”
“If you are in the area and are not behaving in a way that could intimidate or upset anyone else, then the dispersal order will not affect you.”
If you see anyone acting anti-socially or in a way which is intimidating or causes you or others distress, please call us on 101 so that we can take action. In an emergency always dial 999.