Police reassure residents they are working to keep county safe
Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Maurice Mason has reassured
residents in Essex that police are working to keep the county
Above: T/ACC Maurice Mason
There has been no large scale disorder in Essex akin to what has
been happening in London but Essex Police has extra resources in
place to deal with violent disorder should it arise in the
Officers have been offering support to colleagues in the
Metropolitan Police Service and have vowed to take a robust
approach to anyone who uses social networking sites to stimulate
- A 20-year-old man from Colchester who allegedly sent
messages from a Blackberry encouraging violent
disorder been charged with encouraging or assisting in the
commission of an indictable only offence under the Serious Crime
Act 2007. He has been conditionally bailed to appear at
Colchester Magistrates' Court on September 1.
- An 18-year-old woman from Clacton, arrested on Thursday, August
11, has been charged with intentionally encouraging or assisting in
the commission of an offence under the Serious Crime Act 2007,
namely sending a message via Blackberry messaging encouraging
others to take part in violent disorder on August 8.
She has been released on police bail to appear at Colchester
Magistrates' Court on September 1, 2011.
- Two have been charged in connection with the possession of an
offensive weapon in Clacton on Wednesday, August 10, 2011.
Jason O’Hagan, 19, of Church Road, Clacton was arrested alongside a
14-year-old boy from Clacton near Clacton Leisure Centre, at
Both were charged with possession of an offensive weapon. O’Hagan
was also charged with intentionally encouraging or assisting
in the commission of an offence, namely posting a message on
Facebook which was capable of encouraging or assisting in the
commission of violent disorder. The 14-year-old was also charged
Both will appear at Colchester Magistrates' Court on August
- A teenage boy has been charged with inciting violent disorder
on a social media website following an investigation into criminal
damage to cars at Harlow.
Police were called to the Northbrooks area of Harlow on August 8
following reports that four vehicles had been damaged.
A 16-year-old boy was arrested at his home in Harlow on August
10 and was later charged with encouraging or assisting in violent
disorder under the Serious Crime Act 2007.
He was due to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on August
- Police officers arrested a 17-year-old Clacton man for
incitement to commit violent disorder on August 9 after
comments were published on facebook encouraging people to gather at
a location in Essex and cause disorder. The man has been released
on bail until August 23, 2011 while investigations continue.
- An 18-year-old man from Grays, a 16-year-old from South
Ockendon and a 17-year-old man from Clacton have been arrested for
using social networking sites to encourage others to gather
together and cause disorder.
Steve Jones, 18, of
Stour Road, Grays was remanded in custody and appeared at Basildon
Magistrates' Court on Thursday, August 11, 2011. The 16-year-old
from South Ockendon appeared at Southend Youth Court.
The man from Clacton was arrested at 5pm on the same day after
comments were published on Facebook encouraging people to gather at
a location in Essex. He has been released on bail until August 23,
2011 while investigations continue.
Police will continue to monitor social networking sites for
Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Maurice Mason said: “If
people use social networking sites inappropriately to stimulate
rumours we will do our best to track the individuals down and if
they have committed offences under criminal law we will deal with
- A 17-year-old boy from Loughton charged with the criminal
damage of a bus in Loughton High Road on August 8, has been
fined at court.
The boy was arrested for throwing a £1 coin at a bus door and
received a six month referral order and was fined £335.22 which had
to be paid before he left court.
- Police were patrolling Basildon town centre on the evening
of August 9, 2011 when they discovered a large group of
people gathered in the area.
A 22-year-old man of no fixed address was arrested and
later charged with resisting arrest. He was bailed to
appear at Basildon Magistrates' Court on August 18.
- Police were also contacted at 10.50pm on the same night to
reports of a window being smashed at Dreams Bed Superstore in
Westgate Park, Basildon.
- On August 8, 2011, two young men were arrested after a
brick was thrown at a police car in Valley Hill on Buckhurst
A 17-year-old from Buckhurst Hill was arrested on suspicion of
violent disorder and a 16-year-old from Loughton was arrested on
suspicion of violent disorder, criminal damage and assaulting
police. Both are currently in custody pending further
- Thirteen men were arrested following a break in at a clothing
shop in Queens Road, Buckhurst Hill in the early hours
of August 9, 2011.
Those arrested are from Colchester, east London, Ipswich, Maldon
and Epping and are aged in their late teens and 20s. They have been
released on bail until August 12, 2011 while investigations
Essex Police will continue to respond to requests for assistance
from other forces by the provision of personnel, specialist
equipment and other facilities. This is a period of unprecedent
demand on police resources and we will play our full part in
meeting that demand whilst continuing to police our own area.
T/ACC Maurice Mason is reassuring residents there are plans in
place to keep the county as safe as possible.
He said: “We haven’t got any specific intelligence that there is
going to be any disorder in Essex at the present time.
“What we have got though is a plan that involves putting
additional resources in place so that if individuals commit
offences we will deal with them robustly. We will not tolerate that
kind of behaviour in Essex.
“We are doing a whole range of things to keep the county as safe
as possible. There are plans in place for additional officers to be
on duty at the right times, we are assessing intelligence as it
comes in and neighbourhood policing officers are still out there
working with communities to resolve local problems."
If you witness any incidents taking place then call 999. To pass
on information or intelligence call our non emergency number 101 or
0300 333 4444 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.