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Extra patrols along Southend beach on Bank Holiday weekend

Hundreds will flock to the beach as the weather sets to get warmer Credit: ITV News Anglia

Extra patrols will be in place in Southend over the Bank Holiday weekend.

It's to make sure people are kept safe on the beach and roads during the busy period.

Visitors are being warned of potential delays to the seaside town.

Southend-on-Sea is one of the region's most popular seaside destinations and welcomes more than six million visitors each year.

Our preparations are all about providing a safe and pleasant visitor experience that leaves people wanting to return to our town.

We want to make it as easy as possible for visitors to reach the seafront, respond swiftly if children become lost from their parents, keep our town and award-winning beaches as clean as possible and prevent people coming to harm when visiting the beach.

– Scott Dolling, Director for Culture, Tourism and Property at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council