A dispersal order will be in place in Chafford Hundred this Halloween.
GIVEN anti-social and dangerous behaviour during this period of time in recent years, we will be putting the order in place from 6pm on Thursday 31 October and it will end at 8am on Friday 1 November.
The order will give officers and PCSOs the power to move on groups or individuals who are behaving in an anti-social manner. If they return to the area within 24 hours, they can be arrested.
The order covers the whole of the Chafford Hundred housing estate. From the north, will encompass The Arterial Road North Stifford from The Treacle Mine roundabout to the boundary of the Lake at the Lakeside Shopping Centre.
It will then run along the bank of the Lake across to the B186 junction with West Thurrock Way to the west.
For the south, it will then run the length of West Thurrock Way to the junction of London Road.
To the east, it will then run the length of London Road up to the junction of Devonshire Road Chafford. This coverage will extend to the entirety of Devonshire Road, up to the roundabout at Hogg Lane. It will then continue from Hogg Lane to the Treacle Mine roundabout, meeting the north boundary.
Inspector Paul Ballard, of Thurrock’s Community Policing Team, said: “Over the past few years, we’ve seen a rise in anti-social behaviour over Halloween. We won’t let large groups of troublemakers intimidate our local community and our officers will be enforcing this dispersal order to ensure that people in Chafford Hundred have a safe and non-disruptive Halloween.”