Large group of teenagers spotted in Upminster with ‘chains and planks of wood’

PUBLISHED: 12:49 08 July 2016 | UPDATED: 12:59 08 July 2016

Picture: Joe Giddens/PA

Picture: Joe Giddens/PA

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Police received a “large” number of calls about a group of 15 to 20 teenagers roaming the streets of Upminster last night, with residents reporting that some were carrying weapons.

One caller to the Met Police reported seeing a teenager with a hammer. A police spokesman said they had received a large number of similar calls about the group.

The first call at 5.20pm reported spotting the teenagers, some in school uniform, in Hacton Lane, Upminster and the final call at 6.45pm pinpointed the group in Derby Avenue, a seven minute walk away.

A horrified eyewitness said he first spotted the teenagers outside his home, and said some were carrying chains, planks of wood, and bottles.

The onlooker left his home in Upminster to confront the teenagers, but said he was left stunned when a teenage girl knocked off his hat.

He said: “I’ve never seen anything like it and I’ve lived here for more than 50 years.

“They became quite abusive after I tried to take photographs and immediately started covering their faces.

“A few of them were in uniform, not all of them

“After I drove round to Chelmsford Drive, one of the boys stood in the road blocking me, holding a plank of wood.”

The Met Police spokesman said a unit was sent to the scene, but no arrests were made.

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