GANG injunction has been obtained for the first time in Essex - in an effort to stop a notorious group of Southend thugs.

The civil order aims to prevent the GPD gang, whose name stands for ‘Get Paid Daily, from associating with each other.

The injunction has been successfully obtained against Darren Quainoo, 18, Charlie Cox, 19, and two 16-year-old boys who cannot be named for legal reasons.

They have been given a list of onerous conditions to comply with - including being barred from wearing hoodies or the red scarves which are the gang’s signature.

Other requirements mean they must stay out of Southend’s parks where the gang have committed crimes in the past.

They are also barred from having contact with 33 people connected to the gang - and from being their friends on Facebook.

It also prevents them from posting gang-related videos on the internet. If they breach any of the conditions they will be arrested.

Det Con Richard Burgess, who lead the team which tackled the GPD, said they were seeking injunctions against all the key members of the gang. H

e said: “The reason we’ve gone for it is because we want to take a zero tolerance approach with street gangs of any description and youth nuisance and antisocial behaviour in general."