FIFTEEN people were dispersed as police imposed an order to keep the peace in Southend.

A dispersal order was implemented at 2pm yesterday in the city centre to prevent crime and disorder and prevent people living in the area being harassed, alarmed, or distressed.

It was in place for an area south of Queensway and north of Western Esplanade and Marine Parade until 6am this morning, Sunday, May 8.

During Saturday evening, 15 people were dispersed.

Police said they were using the legislation as one of the tools to address anti-social behaviour, alongside extra patrols and working with the community.

Chief Inspector David Miles said: “We want residents and visitors to make the most of everything that Southend has to offer, and we want everyone to feel safe in the city.

“We will continue to carry out patrols and engage with the community, and ask anyone who witnesses crime or anti-social behaviour, or has any information about these incidents, to report them to us."

You can contact police at or call 101, information can also be given to independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.