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Farnborough Police get emergency stop and search powers following stabbings

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Farnborough Police get emergency stop and search powers following stabbings

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 3:40pm 26th June 2020.

Hampshire Police have been granted emergency stop and search powers following a number of violent incidents recently including two stabbings.

Tonight (26 June), officers will be able to stop and search anyone in the area surrounding Hawley Lake just north of Farnborough. 

It is after Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 has been authorised. 

Section 60 can be used in areas where either serious violence has happened or police believe serious violence is about to happen.

It gives officers the power to stop and search anyone in a designated location, without the restrictions of normal stop and search. 

Hampshire Police say they will be looking to apprehend those looking to cause serious violence and carrying offensive weapons or bladed articles. 

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Officers patrolling the area shown on the map will be able to stop and search anyone between 5pm this evening and 2am on Saturday (27 June).

The power can be reviewed at that time and extended if appropriate. 

Inspector Phil Mayne explained why Section 60 is being use:

“Our officers will be out tonight stopping and searching people, and we hope that this will act as a deterrent to anyone involved in violence who frequents these areas.

“We do not suggest that using Section 60 powers is a long term solution to violent disorder or weapon related crime, however we know the community are concerned and want to reassure you that we are taking action.

“You may be intrigued as to why we are telling you that we are using this tactic.

"Perhaps you think this inhibits our ability to catch those carrying weapons.

"I want to be clear that it is important our communities are informed we are taking action.

"It also helps prevent other incidents of serious violence occurring and helps us prevent crime from happening in the first place, which is ultimately the ideal outcome.

“We are also telling you because we follow the national Best Use of Stop and Search guidance to inform you as to why there will be an increased police presence and that we are using enhanced powers."