Third stop and search imposed on Harlow Town Centre

A THIRD Section 60 Authority has been authorised in Harlow town centre from 2pm today, Sunday, June 9, until midnight, to continue our work in preventing further violent incidents from occurring in the area.

A Section 60 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 Authority allows Constables in uniform to use this power to stop and search anyone, specifically to prevent and detect the carrying of dangerous instruments or offensive weapons. Reasonable grounds for suspicion are not required to exercise a Section 60 search.

Since Friday, June 7, officers have conducted more than 150 searches under the Section 60 Authority and four people have been arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon.

“A Section 60 Authority is an effective tool to help my officers disrupt crime, take weapons off the streets and keep you safe” said Superintendent Craig Saunders.

“On Friday evening, a young man was stabbed and we are doing everything in our power stop this from happening again.

“The Section 60 allows officers to not only search for dangerous instruments and offensive weapons, but also acts as a deterrent to anyone thinking about carrying a weapon, such as a knife.

“I would like to thank members of the public and our local community in Harlow for their co-operation and support and will continue to work hard to ensure violent crime is prevented in our community”

Superintendent Saunders added: “Detectives continue to investigate the stabbing of an 18-year-old man on Terminus Street on Friday night, June 7 and are still appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information to come forward.

“Please call the team at Harlow CID on 101 or alternatively information can been given completely anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers.”

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