Southend Dispersal order
A further dispersal order to deal with anti-social behaviour in Southend town centre will be in place for two days from Monday, April 9.
We had had a dispersal order in place from Saturday, April 7, until 12pm today in response to an increase in disorder within the town centre in the last 10 days linked to groups of young people.
We have since applied for a new order from 12pm today until 12pm on Wednesday, April 11, in response to an incident yesterday.
At around 6.30pm on Sunday, April 8, we received a report of a disturbance in Elmer Square, Southend. We attended and arrested a 17-year-old man from London on suspicion of possession of drugs and released him under investigation.
Our new order allows our officers to prevent any disorder at the earliest stage, giving them the ability to disperse groups causing anti-social behaviour. Anyone refusing to leave the area once directed can be arrested and, if convicted could face three months in prison or fined up to £25,000.
The new order covers an area from Wilson Road, Cambridge Road and Avenue Road in the west, London and Queensway in the north, Southchurch Avenue and Queensway in the east and Eastern Esplanade, Marine Parade and West Esplanade in the south.
Detective Chief Inspector Neil Pudney, district commander for Southend, said: “We will continue to apply for dispersal orders in this area until we are confident that we have addressed concerns about anti-social behaviour.
“We will look to disperse any groups seen congregating in the town centre to deter crime while protecting residents, shoppers and local businesses during the remaining Easter half-term period.
“Those failing to leave will be arrested and we have had to take such action this weekend with one person arrested due in court next month.”
Kelvin Chitorera, 24, of no fixed address, was arrested at Southend train station at 10pm on Saturday, April 7, and is due to appear at Southend Magistrates’ Court on Monday, May 7, charged with failing to comply with a dispersal order.
Anyone with information about anti-social behaviour to contact police on 101 or report it online by visiting www.essex.police.uk