Officers are employing special Section 60 stop and search powers to tackle knife crime in Mexborough this evening and through the night.
The action comes in response to recent incidents, including a stabbing in Mexborough on the afternoon of Thursday 31 May. Use of the section 60 is designed keep our communities safe and prevent further harm.
The force has been granted the Section 60 authority under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 and the operation will remain in place until 7am tomorrow, Sunday 3 June.
This authority will give our officers the power to stop and search people who they think are carrying offensive weapons, including knives.
When using these powers, officers do not have to have reasonable suspicion about the individual being stopped and searched. Instead, the authority is intended to deter people from carrying offensive weapons and keep everyone safe by preventing violence.
Chief Inspector Lydia Lynksey said: “We are committed to preventing knife crime and are determined to protect the people of Mexborough, who are understandably alarmed by the recent incidents. Additional officers, who have been instructed to stop and search, will be clearly visible on the streets, invoking use of the authority to reassure our communities and deter those who are thinking of carrying a knife, which can put lives at risk, including their own.”
“This is just one of many measures we are taking, along with partner organisations, to tackle the issue and work to keep people safe.”
“Importantly though, we need the support of families, friends and the public to work with us to raise awareness and educate individuals on the danger of carrying a knife.
“If you are found carrying a knife you will be arrested and face up to four years in prison.
“Our priority is the safety of everyone and I would urge anyone with any concerns to speak to us while we are on patrol, phone 101, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
Detectives investigating Thursday’s incident have arrested a 17-year-old Mexborough boy on suspicion of section 18 wounding.
Emergency services were called to Hartley Street roundabout in Mexborough at around 2.55pm on Thursday 31 May, following reports that a 22-year-old man had suffered stab wounds. He was taken to hospital, where he currently remains in a stable condition.
A 25-year-old man from Mexborough, previously arrested on suspicion of section 18 wounding remains in police custody. A 29-year-old woman, also from Mexborough, arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender also remains in custody.
Officers are continuing to appeal for witnesses and would like to hear from anyone who has dash-cam footage of the incident. If you can help, please call 101 quoting incident number 461 of Thursday 31 May 2018.
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