A dispersal order was put in place after reports of a gangs causing issues on Canvey.

It was authorised from 8.40pm yesterday.

The order covered all areas within the boundaries of the town centre, Furtherwick Road junction with Blackthorn Road, Furtherwick Road junction with High Street B1014, High Street junction with Foksville Road, Long Road junction with Thelma Avenue.

Castle Point and Rochford Policing Team said on Facebook: "Any youth found within the following areas will be dispersed, where they return they will be taken to a place of safety.

"If your child is out on Canvey and you do not know where they are, please ask them to come home to avoid becoming involved with any issues in an around the high street. Our officers are in attendance and preventing further offences."

It was issued after reports that a mass brawl broke out in Costcutter, Furtherwick Road, Canvey at about 8pm last night.

Witnesses said the shop keeper was in tears and a window was smashed.