An 18-year-old man has been charged with assaulting a police officer in Southend after an incident in the town centre.

Police were called shortly after 11.15pm on Saturday after a report of a fight between a group of men on Southend High Street.

Denzel Lebbie, of Stowage, Deptford, was later arrested in connection with the disturbance and with allegedly assaulting a police officer during the process.

He was later charged with assaulting an emergency worker, criminal damage and possession of Class A and B drugs.

He was also charged with assault by beating and failing to appear in line with bail conditions in connection with an assault on a 17-year-old boy on Southend High Street on Sunday May, 19.

He is due to appear at Southend Magistrates' Court tomorrow.

Police put a dispersal order in place in Southend town centre in the wake of the incident.

The order, covering the area bordered by London Road, Queensway, Southchurch Avenue, Marine Parade and Avenue Road to the junction with South London Road, applies from 8pm tonight until 6am tomorrow.