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The Hornbeams: Two men arrested following stabbings

Crime / Wed 28th Apr 2021 at 06:18pm

TWO men have been arrested following a fight in Harlow.

Police were called shortly after 1.50pm yesterday, Tuesday 27 April, with reports of a group of four men fighting near The Hornbeams. 

Officers carried out an extensive search of the area and two men aged 19 and 30, both from Harlow, were arrested on suspicion of affray. 

Both received treatment in hospital for stab and slash wounds to their hands and elbows. Their injuries were not believed to be serious.

They have been released on bail until 24 May while we continue our enquiries.

In order to keep people safe, officers were authorised to use additional stop-and-search powers under Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.

They were in place between 2.13pm yesterday and 2.13am today, Wednesday 28 April.

These powers enabled uniformed officers to search people who may be carrying dangerous objects or weapons without reasonable suspicion. 

Officers carried out 52 searches and three people were arrested. Two were arrested on suspicion possession of class B drugs and one for breach of bail conditions.

Chief Inspector Paul Austin said: “Detectives are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding yesterday’s incident, which is believed to be targeted and involve people known to each other.

“The extra stop and search powers were authorised as a precaution to prevent further disorder and to identify anyone intent on committing crime.

“No further incidents of violence were reported and no weapons were found, which is positive.

“We continue to work with our partners including the Safer Harlow Partnership to prevent and identify those who carry out acts of violence or carry weapons on our streets.”

Witnesses to yesterday’s incident are asked to contact Harlow CID quoting reference 42/78560/21. 

You can speak to an online operator at https://www.essex.police.uk between 7am-11pm or call 101.

Or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or https://crimestoppers-uk.org

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