A police cordon is in place near a popular pub after reports of a serious incident.

Shocked residents spotted the cordon and officers outside the Jolly Friar Pub off Whitmore Way in Basildon at about 10am today.

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A pub spokesman said it had nothing to do with the business.

There is a police presence at the scene and a cordon has been set up both in front and behind the venue. 

Essex Police has been contacted for comment.