Police confirm patrols after advert for illegal dogging meet is seen by 25,000 enthusiasts

Dogging is NOT ‘essential travel’: Police step up patrols after online advert for illegal roadside rendezvous is seen by 25,000 enthusiasts

  • Planned outdoor sex meeting has attracted the ire of authorities in Essex
  • The scheduled outside session in Canvey Island has been slated by the council
  • Police have also warned people should think twice about heading to gatherings

Police have poured cold water on a planned dogging meet-up of up to 25,000 people, warning al fresco sex encounters breach Covid rules.

The eyebrow-raising advice was issued by Essex Police after an event for the car-based hook-ups was trailed online this weekend.

A dogging website publicised the plans online for Canvey Island in a post seen by a feared 25,000 enthusiasts.

It moved both the council and police force to speak out to discourage strangers from driving to the area to watch or take part in sex acts in public.

Officers have even confirmed it will patrol to make sure it cannot happen after the invitation from websiteLets Go Dogging.

The leader of Castle Point Council, which runs Thames Estuary island Canvey, says he wants it stamped out.

Canvey Island in Essex is feared to be heading for a deluge of doggers this weekend

Canvey Island in Essex is feared to be heading for a deluge of doggers this weekend

The meet-up was organised by sex site Let's Go Dogging and its post has been seen by 25,000

The meet-up was organised by sex site Let’s Go Dogging and its post has been seen by 25,000

Conservative councillor Norman Smith said: Its something I have neverheard of as an issue in Castle Point, and during this period of time it istotally against the rules and its not something we would want to associatewith Castle Point at all.

I am hoping that it is the first time, and we can stop it before itstarts.

I certainly hope it doesnt gain momentum in our area, I just think ofyoung children being out and about, its not something you would want themto witness.

Essex Police has urged anyone considering a social gathering to reconsiderand will continue to engage with locals to encourage them to do the rightthing.

A spokesman said: At the moment, England is in a national lockdown andonly essential travel is permitted, which is limited to travel to and fromwork if you cannot work from home, to shop for essential items, to care forsomeone, to attend a medical appointment or to attend education orchildcare.

We would urge anyone thinking of travelling for reasons outside of thosecovered, not to.

The Globe Inn pub in Newton St Loe, Bath, had to barricade its car park against doggers

The Globe Inn pub in Newton St Loe, Bath, had to barricade its car park against doggers

We will be patrolling sites across Canvey over the weekend as part of ourregular patrols.

Covid-19 infection rates have been falling in Essex and wed like to thankpeople across the county for following the government guidelines.

However, the virus is still prevalent in our community so its essentialthat you continue to stick to the rules.

The best way to control the spread of the virus, protect your loved onesand ease pressure on the NHS is to stay at home and avoid any unnecessaryjourneys.

The vast majority of people are doing the right thing but, where clear andblatant breaches have taken place, our officers have responded to them.

If you are thinking about organising a social gathering or making anon-essential journey, please reconsider, stay safe and stop theunnecessary spread of Covid-19.

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