Statement regarding anti-social behaviour in Southend West

Following disturbances and anti-social behaviour on Chalkwell Seafront, in Old Leigh and in Leigh Library Gardens, I have received a large number of emails from upset residents who simply cannot understand what is happening at the moment. We are still in the middle of a pandemic and people should not be gathering in vast numbers. It is a criminal offence to drop litter and worse still use public areas as toilets. It is also illegal to possess and supply drugs. It would appear that many of the people engaging in anti-social behaviour were visitors. If that is the case it is outrageous that they have travelled to Leigh-on-Sea and Chalkwell to cause mayhem. I am sure they would not behave like that in their own homes and then expect local residents to pay to clear up the mess which they have left behind. Residents have said that they want the authorities to be proactive so that if intelligence is receivedĀ that there may be a gathering it can be forestalled. I fully accept that it is not easy to close beaches, but Old Leigh would be easy to reduce access to.

Sir David Amess MPĀ