Essex Police dispel riot rumours on Facebook and Twitter

ESSEX Police have moved to dispel a number of fictitious and malicious rumours about riots which are circulating, particularly on social networking sites.

A spokesman for the force said: “We would like to inform residents of Essex there is no rioting in the county akin to what has been seen on the news as happening in parts of London.

“We understand how distressing these rumours must be to residents of Essex and can assure people there is no substance in them.

“We have had some minor incidents of disorder in the Buckhurst Hill area.”

Essex Police had a significant number of resources on duty last night, to offer reassurance to residents who are worried by the events unfolding in the capital.

However, there were reports of fighting and fires in the Harlow area.

The spokesman added: “We are working hard to ensure the county remains safe and we have sufficient trained police officers on duty to deal with any situation should it arise.”

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Police advice is simple. If anyone sees anything that concerns them, particularly any incidents of violence or disorder, they should call 999.

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