A High Street dispersal zone has been put in place by the police after reports of armed individuals acting antisocially.

Essex Police received a significant number of reports of young people behaving antisocially with some being "armed".

After attending the scene and dealing with the incident, the force has put in place a dispersal order for the High Street.

The order gives officers the power to instruct anyone suspected of causing antisocial behaviour to leave the area and not return within 48 hours. 

An Essex Police spokesman said: "A decision was made to put a dispersal order in place to reduce the risk of further antisocial or violent behaviour in the area.

“And to ensure the safety of the public and to prevent any further disruption to residents and businesses in the area.”

There are no reports of any injuries whatsoever from the incident.

The order is in place until 6am tomorrow morning, April 12.