Section 60 searches to continue in Mexborough

Date published: 09 November 2018 12:17
Dated: 03 June 2018 14:19:43

Officers are continuing to employ special Section 60 stop and search powers to prevent knife crime in Mexborough this afternoon, Sunday 3 June, and into tomorrow.

The action commenced yesterday 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, Monday 4 June. This authority gives 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.

Superintendent Neil Thomas said: Overnight we stopped and searched nine people in the Mexborough area, where there were no reports of serious incidents during the period and no arrests.

Whilst we understand the concerns that may arise from the use of Section 60 powers, we believe it is prudent to continue their use overnight, before holding a review with our partners and local elected members in the morning. As outlined yesterday, we are committed to preventing knife crime and are determined to protect the people of Mexborough.

Our priority is the safety of everyone and I would urge anyone with any concerns, or information, to speak to us while we are on patrol. Alternatively, you can phone 101, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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