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If a senior officer (Assistant Chief Constable or above) believes people may be carrying weapons or causing serious violence in a particular area, temporary powers may be authorised under section 60 (S60) of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.

2020

Officers in Hatfield have been given authorisation to stop and search members of the public suspected to be carrying knives from 6pm this evening (Sunday 1 November) to 9am tomorrow (Monday 2 November), under Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.

The Section 60 applies to two areas in the attached maps and means that anyone in these areas may be searched for weapons without the police officer having reasonable grounds of suspicion for each person searched.

This legislation is different to the stop and search powers they already have, which can be used at any time but when used officers must have reasonable grounds.

Chief Inspector Simon Mason, from Welwyn Hatfield police, said: “We’ve taken this action following a number of recent incidents in this area.”

He added: “I would like to reassure residents that we are working closely with the university to investigate these incidents and bring any offenders to justice, we have increased our patrols in the area.

“I’d also like to make it clear; there are serious consequences if you choose to carry a knife. Not only will you face a possible custodial sentence and criminal record, which could affect your job prospects in later life, but you could cause yourself or another person serious injury.”

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Officers in Hatfield have been given authorisation to stop and search members of the public suspected to be carrying knives from 6pm this evening (Friday 30 October) to 9am tomorrow (Saturday 31 October), under Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.

The Section 60 applies to the area in the attached map and means that anyone in the area may be searched for weapons without the police officer having reasonable grounds of suspicion for each person searched.

This legislation is different to the stop and search powers they already have, which can be used at any time but when used officers must have reasonable grounds.

Under the Home Office’s best use of stop and search scheme Hertfordshire Constabulary will, where practicable, publicise Section 60s to the public.

Sergeant James Stopford, from the Welwyn Hatfield Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “We’ve taken this action following an incident that happened last night (Thursday 29 October).

“At 11.33pm, we were called to reports of a 20 year old man with a stab wound to his leg and cut to his hand. He was taken to hospital for treatment but thankfully his injuries are not deemed to be life-threatening or life-changing. Then just before 4.30am this morning, we received a further call in relation to an assault in Aviation Avenue, involving a number of people. One man suffered bruising and did not require hospital treatment.

“A 21 year old man from Wembley, Greater London, and a 20 year old man from Sutton, Greater London, were arrested on suspicion of Section 18 Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH) in connection with both incidents. They are currently in police custody.

“This morning, a further eight people have been arrested on suspicion of affray. They remain in custody at this time.

“Let us be clear; there are serious consequences if you choose to carry a knife. Not only will you face a possible custodial sentence and criminal record, which could affect your job prospects in later life, but you could cause yourself or another person serious injury or worse.

“While some people feel pressured to carry a knife, perhaps as protection or because their friends say it will earn them respect or make others fear them, the truth is that it simply puts you in more danger.”


2019

Officers in Stevenage were given authorisation to stop and search members of the public from 7.30pm on 8 November 2019 until 7am on 9 November 2019, under Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.  There was reasonable grounds to believe that persons were carrying dangerous instruments or offensive weapons in this police area for unlawful reason and that incidents involving serious violence would take place in this police area, and that it was necessary to give an authorisation under this section to prevent their occurrence.

It covered the following areas in Stevenage: Gunnels Wood Road, Hitchin Road, Corey Mills Lane, North Road, Martin’s Way, Verity Way, Fairlands Way, Gresley Way and Broadhall Way.


Officers in Stevenage were granted authorisation to stop and search members of the public suspected to be carrying knives from 12.01am and 7am on Friday 8 November under Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.

 Chief Inspector Pete Frost said: “These measures are in response to reports of a teenage boy and a man sustaining stab wounds in Holly Copse, Stevenage earlier this evening.

“We were called at 8.56pm on Thursday 7 November alongside the ambulance service and the victims have been taken to hospital, both with serious injuries.

“We are at the scene carrying out enquiries and searching for the offenders, who
are believed to be three males. As a precaution, armed officers are also present."

CI Frost continued: “While some people feel pressured to carry a knife, perhaps as protection or because their friends say it will earn them respect or make others fear them, the truth is that it simply puts you in more danger.”

 It covered the following roads: Gunnels Wood Road, Hitchin Road, Corey Mills Lane, North Road, Martins Way, Verity Way, Fairlands Way, Gresley Way and Broadhall Way.


 Officers in Stevenage were given authorisation to stop and search members of the public suspected to be carrying knives from 5.10pm on Wednesday, 6 March 2019 until 7.45am on Thursday, 7 March 2019, under Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.

The Section 60 applied to the whole of Stevenage and meant anyone in the town may be searched for weapons without the police officer having reasonable grounds for each person searched.

Stevenage Local Crime Unit Detective Inspector Graeme Walsingham said: “Acting on intelligence, the Section 60 powers are being used to target people we believe to be involved in criminality and are a way for us to disrupt crime and keep the public safe.

“There are serious consequences if you choose to carry a knife. Not only will you face a possible custodial sentence and criminal record, which could affect your job prospects in later life, you could cause yourself or another person serious injury or even death.” 


A section 60 authorisation was granted between 4pm on Wednesday, 11 September 2019 and 2am on Thursday, 12 September 2019 in Borehamwood.


A section 60 authorisation was granted between 3.15pm and 11.59pm on Friday, 29 March 2019. It covered the following areas in Hemel Hempstead: 1) in the north west corner of Adeyfield Road junction with Longlands, heading south along Longlands to the junction with and including St. Albans Road. 2) in the north east corner of Adeyfield Road junction with Leverstock Green Road, south to the junction with St. Albans Road.

A section 60 authorisation was granted between 11pm on Friday, 22 March 2019 and 8am on Saturday, 23 March 2019, covering the whole of Stevenage.


A section 60 authorisation was granted between 4pm on 20 February 2019 and 4pm on 21 February 2019, covering the whole of Stevenage.


2018

A section 60 authorisation was granted between the hours of 5pm on 21 August 2018 and 6am on 22 August 2018, covering the following areas of Tring: from the Aylesbury Road junction with the A41 in the west and along Icknield Way to the junction with Wingrave Road in the north east, from the Wingrave Road junction with Icknield Way and along Grove Road to the junction with Station Road in the south east, from Station Road in the south east along the High Street and Western Road to the Aylesbury Road junction with the A41 in the west.


A section 60 authorisation was granted between the hours of 11pm on the 5 August 2018 and 2pm on the 6 August 2018, then 7pm on the 6 August 2018 and 7pm on the 7 August 2018 and 7pm on the 7 August 2018 and 7pm on the 8 August 2018 covering the Oval area, including the Almond public house and Mildmay Road and surrounding streets in Stevenage.

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