Travellers have been spotted pitching up on a seafront car park in Southend.

About a dozen caravans parked up on the Gas Works car park in Eastern Esplanade, Southend, yesterday evening.

A spokesperson from Southend Borough Council said: "We're aware that travellers entered Gasworks car park at around 4pm yesterday. 

"Council officers visited the site at 4.45pm and are working with Essex Police to serve relevant notices.

"As per previous two bank holiday weekends, security was pre-planned to be on-site from tonight but in light of the situation yesterday afternoon, was brought forwards to last night."

Essex Police have been contacted for comment.

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