The police helicopter helped find a car containing people thought to be acting suspiciously in the early hours of this morning.

Police were contacted shortly before 12.30am this morning following reports of suspicious activity near the Causeway in Maldon.

An Essex Police spokesman said: "The police helicopter was deployed and helped officers on the ground identify a car which contained a number of people who were thought to be acting suspiciously.

"The people were spoken to by officers.

"There was no further action."