The Police at work

Floods 1953

By Janet Penn

Photo:Police checking people's identity before allowing them to go onto the Island

Police checking people's identity before allowing them to go onto the Island




Canvey was evacuated after the floods of 1953. Only a few residence stayed on the Island. Part of the work of the police was to stop looting of the empty properties.


A checkpoint was set up at the bridge and only those with legitimate reasons for going on the island were allowed to pass. Vehicles were searched leaving the island and patrols were sent out.

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'The Police at work' page




Was this one of the patrols or just someone being helped?

It looks like his bag is being searched.

If you remember what was happening during that time we want to hear from you.

Please comment below or email in to jan@canveyisland.org

This page was added by Janet Penn on 10/07/2011.

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