If you're spending this Bank Holiday weekend in Southend, you may see an increased police presence across the city.

Officers will be visible throughout the days and evenings to deal with any incidents, warning those intent on behaving anti-socially or committing crime that "the strongest action possible" will be taken against them.

Essex Police is also aware of two gatherings, which have not been officially organised but are planned to take place in Southend on Easter Monday.

In response, Southend Council has made arrangements to direct anyone on a motorbike to the Eastern Esplanade car park.

Police are also aware of an unrelated car cruise event, which may be taking place in the same area on Monday evening. 

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Chief Superintendent Waheed Khan, south policing area commander, said: “We know Southend is a frequent destination for bikers and car enthusiasts; the vast majority of whom add to the atmosphere in the city. But we also know events such as these have led to antisocial behaviour in the past.

“To be blunt, we won’t tolerate that. That kind of behaviour, firstly, is likely to lead to the people doing it being arrested and, secondly, will impact on families’ enjoying their time in Southend. The city is a great destination with a friendly and lively atmosphere, and we want to keep it that way.

“So, if you are committing crime or causing harassment, alarm, or distress to people in the city, you will be dealt with in the strongest possible way.”

Both of these gatherings will be monitored by police on patrol, and anyone suspected of acting or driving illegally or antisocially will be dealt with, police have warned. 

Ch Supt Khan added: “We will of course have an appropriate policing plan in place and so the public can expect to see officers out across the city over the course of the long weekend. 

“And if you do have any concerns, please approach those officers, and speak to them. I can’t emphasis this enough; they aren’t there to dampen spirits; they are there to help you and keep the city safe this Bank Holiday weekend.”