A TEEN has been detained for two months for breaching an interim gang injunction.

The 17-year-old member of the Leigh Lot had been seen twice with someone he is not allowed to associate with on May 12 and May 15 - after the breach came into place.

He had also been in Leigh Library Gardens and Two Tree Island where he's banned from entering.

The boy, from Westcliff, appeared at Chelmsford County Count on May 18 where he was sentenced to two months in youth detention.

He is among 15 teenagers who were handed the interim gang injunction last month.

The five boys from the Leigh Lot and ten boys from O Block must adhere to a list of strict conditions, which include not entering parts of Leigh, Southend and Rayleigh.

Chief Inspector Ian Hughes said: “We secured these injunctions to reduce the violence and criminal behaviour associated with these gangs and anyone caught breaching the conditions will be dealt with robustly.

“We’re determined to do everything we can to dismantle these groups and work with the individuals concerned to divert them away from this dangerous lifestyle.”