Essex Police arrest 19 people over disorder

Nineteen people have been arrested by police in Essex over incidents of disorder in the county on Tuesday night.

Thirteen people were questioned over a burglary in Buckhurst Hill and four were arrested over minor damage in Harlow town centre. All 17 were bailed.

Two male youths were arrested over damage to a police vehicle in Loughton.

Further to the 19 arrests, three teenagers are being held for comments made on social networking sites.

They are an 18-year-old man from Grays, a boy, 16, from South Ockendon and a 17-year-old youth from Clacton.

All are being questioned on suspicion of incitement to commit violent disorder following comments on Facebook and other sites encouraging others to meet and riot.

Stones thrown

Groups of people were involved in small isolated incidents in Basildon on Tuesday night, which are thought to have been sparked by messages on social networking sites, the council said.

A shop window was smashed at the Dreams Bed Superstore in Westgate Park but police managed to control the situation.

Minor damage was caused to a boat shed in Gloucester Park, where firefighters trying to deal with a fire were pelted with stones by youths.

Chief Insp Rachel Nolan, added: "Although there were several reports of disorder and damage in Basildon overnight, we had adequate police resources on the ground to deal with it effectively."

Police said ten 1.5 litre bottles of Vecchia Romagna brandy, which can only be bought in Italy, a 32" Sony flat screen television and a collection of 1,500 postage stamps were among items stolen during a burglary in Main Road, Frating, in Clacton.

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