Section 60 continues into bank holiday weekend

Date published: 26 May 2018 12:37
Dated: 26 May 2018 13:35:00

Throughout last night, a Section 60 stop and search authority was put in place in Sheffield and the decision has now been taken to extend this into the bank holiday weekend.

The force was granted the right to implement the Section 60 authority under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, in response to the two serious incidents in Sheffield earlier this week.

The powers, which were in force yesterday evening (Friday 25 May), saw extra high visibility patrols in specific areas of the city to keep our communities safe and to tackle knife crime. This action resulted in increased stop and searches and a 24-year-old man arrested and charged with possession of an offensive weapon.

In order to further deter people from carrying offensive weapons and to keep everyone safe by preventing serious violence, the Section 60 authority has been extended into tonight.

The authority will be in place from 7pm this evening (Saturday 26 May) to 6am tomorrow morning (Sunday 27 May). Again this will be in force in the Lowedges and Manor areas of Sheffield and provides officers with the power to stop and search an individual without having reasonable suspicion.

Superintendent Shelley Hemsley said: “We have taken the decision to extend the Section 60 authority to provide reassurance to our local communities, keep people safe and to identify individuals carrying offensive weapons.

“This week we have seen the devastating consequences of knife crime and the focus of our work across the force is to ensure everyone is able to safely enjoy the bank holiday weekend.

“To help us achieve this I would encourage anyone with any concerns to speak up and report it.”

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