Ahead of this weekend, we are issuing a message from Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Nolan, to make sure everyone looks out for each other this coming weekend.
This weekend, just like we are every day, we’ll be out patrolling to protecting you.
We know that, as the sun comes out, more people will be out enjoying themselves and a few will sadly act in an anti-social or criminal way.
Assistant Chief Constable Nolan said: "Like others across Essex, I’m really happy the sun is shining and as restrictions ease, I can spend time with more of my friends and family.
"Over this weekend, there will also be focus on football with Euro 2021 commencing.
"From Clacton to Leigh and towns and villages in between, we’ll be out patrolling, and we’ll be visiting pubs and bars across the county to keep you safe. But we need you to look after each other, too.
"We know that everyone will want a drink in the nice weather – but don’t risk going over the top.
"If your behaviour is violent or anti-social, it could have consequences for you, your friends and also any pub or licenced premises you are in, including the potential for it to be closed down.
"No-one wants that – we all want to be supporting our brilliant businesses. So, please don’t ruin it for everyone else.
"Licensees, landlords and everyone working in pubs and bars – it is great you’re back open and thanks for the steps you’re taking to keep people safe. "Please make sure you and your customers are looking after each other, and, if you need our help, call us.
"The behaviour we all show over this weekend and the coming weeks may determine what government restrictions are eased or tightened once more in the future.
"Please let’s not mess it up now. Essex has dealt with all the challenges of the pandemic really well and I’m confident that if we all look after each other and enjoy ourselves sensibly, we have a great summer ahead."
We know that there have been concerns in certain areas of the county, including the south, and we're continuing to work to address those with quick action, proactive patrolling and liaising with partners to engage with the community.
Chief Superintendent Simon Anslow, who oversees the south of the county, said: “We know that there have been some public disturbances in the area recently which have caused alarm, particularly in Southend and Leigh, and in these instances we’ve been able to make quick arrests to protect the public.
“I want to wish everyone a happy and safe weekend this weekend – please look after each other, and don’t be alarmed if you see extra patrols in the area.
“Even if we’re not in uniform, we’re always here to help you. That’s whether you’re in a pub, at the beach, or watching the football.
“We have one message for people across the county this weekend – please don’t be reckless and spoil it for everyone. My thanks goes out to all the locals who have been enjoying the sunshine, socialising and the seaside responsibly so far this year.”
Councillor Martin Terry, Southend Borough Council’s cabinet member for public protection said: “We are all so pleased our local businesses are back open, and I know that people will be excited at the thought of meeting up in pubs with friends and family to watch the Euros. Please do make sure you do this responsibly. Enjoy yourselves and please respect the pub owners, their staff, others in the pub, and the local community.
“We are doing so well against COVID - but we must still act responsibly, stay safe and respect others. I am pleased that local police officers and our community safety team will again be working together to ensure people can enjoy the sun and football safely. Please play your part too, in keeping the Euros fun and safe to watch in and around Southend.”