YOBS are causing havoc around a makeshift shrine for a teenager who died in a crash.

The youths are causing fear in Leigh Road, Canvey near the shrine for Denny Richardson.


Memorial - flowers left in memory of Denny Richardson


Popular - Denny Richardson


Tributes - the scene in Leigh Road

Police officers have upped patrols around the area after serious concerns were raised.

Dave Blackwell, Canvey Independent councillor said: “Residents are scared after youths are urinating in front gardens, using drugs and driving dangerously.”

It is understood talks are underway regarding moving the shrine.

Inspector Cathy Calder, from Castle Point and Rochford’s Community Policing Team, said: “Officers from across the Local and Community Policing Teams are aware of an increase in reports of anti-social behaviour on Leigh Road over the past week.

“We have increased our patrols in the area, particularly around flowers left at the scene of a fatal road traffic collision last Thursday, to support the residents and those attending the location. The grief in the community is palpable, and our Serious Collision Investigation Unit continues to investigation the circumstances surrounding the incident.

“We would like to thank the residents of Leigh Road for their patience and understanding at this challenging time.

“We know emotions are running high but we won’t allow unlawful behaviour.

“Our teams will continue to take reports from anyone in the area who has been impacted by crime or anti-social actions, and we will act on them.”

Denny died while on a motorbike in Leigh Road on Thursday evening.

Another 17-year-old was seriously injured in the crash.

A fundraising page has been set up to raise money for Denny’s family, and for a memorial bench in his honour, which has raised more than £1,000.

Family members have joined the outpouring of grief with a balloon release and ride-out already taking place in his honour.

To donate, visit http://bit.ly/2VieFMF.


Shrine - Denny died in Leigh Road, Canvey