A dispersal order has been put in place in Basildon to help deal with anti-social behaviour.

The order, which started at 7pm on Monday covers the town centre of Basildon.

Last night officers moved on five adults who were causing issues, they had their alcohol seized and were asked to leave the area for 24 hours.

It follows concerns of anti-social behaviour near to Brook House in Basildon’s town square.

This includes individuals using abusive language and threats of violence towards members of the public.

Police can ask anyone acting in an anti-social manner to leave an area immediately, and specify that they cannot return for a period of 24 hours.

If they do return within these 24 hours, they may be arrested for breaching the order.

The order will last until 6pm on Wednesday.

Breaching the order is a criminal offence and any failure to comply could result in a fine or even up to three months in prison.

The order covers the A179 roundabouts to the west, Great Oaks to the North, and Southernhay to the south.

Anyone with information about anti-social behaviour is asked to call Basildon Community Policing Team on 101.