SOUTHEND police are maintaining a reassuring presence across the town as the nation stays at home to beat coronavirus

But they have met a numebr of people who've been flouting the lockdown rules.

On patrol on Southend seafront, police saw a man who travelled from London to "do a spot of metal detecting". Other people from London came to Southend to enjoy the fresh air. They were spoken to by the officers and given appropriate advice. 

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