Dispersal order in place after ‘anti-social’ youths gathered

Police have put a dispersal order in place after young people were reportedly gathering in groups, drinking and acting anti-socially.

Officers have been given extra powers to move people along after Old Leigh and Chalkwell Beach were apparently the site for earlier incidents.

In a statement, Essex Police said: “A dispersal order has been put in place in Old Leigh and Chalkwell Beach following anti-social behaviour and repeated breaches of the Government’s Covid-19 regulations this afternoon.”

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The order is in place from 7.30pm today (Friday) until 6am tomorrow (Saturday).

According to police: “It follows reports of a large group of young people congregating at Chalkwell Beach, consuming alcohol and behaving anti-socially.

“The order has been put in place to prevent crime and disorder and prevent people living in the area being harassed, alarmed or distressed.

“It gives officers powers to move anyone believed to be behaving anti-socially from the area.”

Essex Live