A TEENAGER breached an order designed to break up a gang that has terrorised Southend.

But the 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, faced no punishment after admitting meeting up with other members of gang Get Paid Daily, or GDP.

Charlie Cox, 19, of Beresford Road, Southend, who was among GDP members the teen met in Southchurch Road, Southend, on January 31, was also due at Basildon Crown Court, along with another 16-year-old gang member, for various breaches of the gang injunction.

But the prison service failed to produce pair, despite written requests from the police and defence counsel.

Police spotted Cox and the teenager meeting outside a shop at about 7.40pm on January 31.

The teen said he was cycling home from a friend’s house when he saw three friends outside the shop without realising Cox was inside until he came out.