DISTRESSED residents have received disturbing leaflets about the end of the world.

Several homes in Billericay have received Christmas cards - hand delivered to their homes - containing leaflets warning them that the end of the world is nigh and Judgement Day is coming.

The leaflets are thought to be in anticipation of December 21 2012, which is heralded as the end of the world in some religions.

They are being invited to join an event in Billericay High Street. 

Police are trying to track down the person behind the literature.