Southend: Six arrested as officers keep you safe during night out
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Six people have been arrested as our officers worked to keep you safe in Southend last night.
Officers made four arrests in connection with weapons offences and two in connection with assault offences, also seizing a large knife.
They also engaged with people out in the city centre to ensure they were safe.
The ‘Safe Space’ mobile police station is positioned adjacent to HSBC and the Odeon cinema from 8pm to 4am.
It’s staffed by six police officers, with regular assistance from street pastors, drug and alcohol support workers, and the council’s community safety officers.
The officers also visited and engaged with a number of the bars and clubs in the city
Detective Superintendent Gary Biddle said:
“Whether it be making arrests or ensuring people are safe while enjoying their evening out in Southend, our officers carried out really important work.
“They responded to incidents of violence and have ensured suspects were brought into custody.
“Just as important was the engagement with the public. We police with their consent so it’s crucial they know we’re there to help and support them if they need us and I’m pleased to say we received really positive feedback from those we talked to.”