On Friday 3rd July, Sir David Amess joined two officers in Leigh-on-Sea ahead of the relaxation of lockdown restrictions on 4th July. Sir David visited Old Leigh where he spoke to local business owners and heard from the police about the measures in place to ensure the area was not overwhelmed by visitors as the pubs and restaurants were allowed to re-open. Sir David was reassured that extra officers would be carrying out foot patrols in the area to ensure that everyone could stay safe.
Sir David also visited areas which have been brought to his attention by local residents, including the Belvedere and Leigh Library Gardens, where he learned about the action being taken by Essex Police to tackle anti-social behaviour in the area.
After the visit Sir David commented, “I was delighted to experience first-hand the brilliant work that Essex Police are doing in Leigh-on-Sea to keep people safe and tackle anti-social behaviour. I raised with them a number of issues that have been brought to my attention by local residents, in particular the recent behaviour of visitors to Old Leigh.”