Southend town centre dispersal order in place for New Year celebrations
We will increase patrols in Southend town centre and we will have a dispersal in place to help deal with anti-social behaviour during the New Year celebrations.
We have additional officers patrolling from our Community Policing Team and Special Constabulary and the dispersal order will run from 8pm today, Monday, December 31, and 6am tomorrow.
We are also working in partnership with Southend Street Pastors, Southend Borough Council’s CCTV Team and Community Safety Officers and medical provider Triple L.
The dispersal order was put in place following concerns about anti-social behaviour in the town centre area during the evening into the early hours.
We are also concerned about large crowds forming when night time venues close.
Our officers will have additional powers to move people away from the area. Anyone moved way will not be able to return within 24 hours. Breaching this can result in arrest and a possible sentence of six months in prison or a fine up to £5,000.
If you are under 16 and we suspect you are involved with anti-social behaviour, we can take you to your home address or a place of safety.
The order covers Wilson Road, Cambridge Road and Avenue Road in the west, London Road and Queensway in the north, Queensway and Southchurch Avenue in the east and Eastern Esplanade, Marine Parade and Western Esplanade in the west (please see map).
Inspector Ian Hughes, of Southend’s Community Policing Team, said: "We want those attending Southend town centre to enjoy the final festivities of 2018 in a safe environment.
"The dispersal order has been put in place to ensure officers are equipped to nip in the bud any preventable incidents.
"We will be working with our partners to provide reassurance throughout the whole evening, if you see us come and say hello."