The Police at work

Floods 1953

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.

The photos below – was this one of the patrols or just someone being helped?┬áIt looks like his bag is being searched.

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