Fold Croft stabbing : Police search Oakwood Pond and man charged over incident in The Stow

Crime / Fri 26th Jan 2024 at 12:20pm

OFFICERS enforcing a Section 60 order in Harlow secured a charge against a man following reports of individuals causing disorder in the town.

A spokesperson said: “We swiftly made an arrest after receiving reports of a man carrying an offensive weapon in the area of The Stow, Harlow, shortly after 5.15pm on Wednesday 24 January.

Alex Ferret, 20, of Orchard Croft, Harlow, has since been charged with possession of a bladed article in public.

He is set to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court today (Friday 26 January).

Our investigation is continuing into a separate serious assault, reported to us several hours later, at around 8pm on Wednesday 24 January.

Our ambulance service colleagues reported they were treating a man who had suffered stab wounds, in Fold Croft, Harlow.

He remains in hospital in a stable condition.

Enquiries continue in relation to this incident, with officers maintaining an increased presence in Harlow.

This investigation includes some ongoing searches in parkland off Fourth Avenue.

These incidents led us to enforce a Section 60 order, increasing powers to stop and search individuals within a specific area.

That order came to an end at 9.20pm last night (Thursday 25 January).

Under the order, officers stopped and searched 61 people, issuing two community resolutions for cannabis possession and reporting one person for possession of a Class A drug.

Chief Inspector Paul Austin, Harlow district commander, said:

“You may see officers in Harlow today carrying out door-to-door enquiries, speaking with residents and also carrying out targeted searches in areas of interest.

“I would like to continue to reassure the community this order was put in place in response to targeted incidents of violence and disorder.

“We remain sure at this stage there is no wider ongoing threat to members of the public.

“We take matters of this nature, which rightly cause a great degree of concern, very seriously, which is why our work continues at pace today.

“My ask continues to be: If you have concerns or worries, please raise those with us and, crucially, if you have any information which could assist our enquiries, reach out to us.

“We are here to protect you and keep you safe.”

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