Additional stop and search powers authorised in Stevenage
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Police in Stevenage have been granted additional stop and search powers to help prevent crime.
For 24 hours from 8pm today (Friday 10 June), officers have been authorised to search anyone suspected of carrying a knife anywhere in the town.
Neighbourhood Inspector Pat McPeake said: “We are putting these measures in place to discourage anyone from taking part in violence or from carrying a knife in the town.
“Members of the public should be reassured that we will challenge anyone suspected of criminal activity. Anyone caught carrying a knife or suspected of violence will be arrested immediately and taken into custody.”
The additional powers have been authorised under Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.
In normal circumstances, police officers must have reasonable grounds of suspicion to stop and search someone. However, the “Section 60” means for a set period they do not need reasonable grounds in that location.