A Section 60 order has been put in place in Slough following an ‘altercation with weapons.’
At around 6pm on Sunday, November 15, police officers attended the scene of a public order offence, which allegedly involved a group of up to 20 men in Frank Sutton Way, Farnham Road, and Buckingham Avenue.
The order applies to the areas shown in the map, which includes Manor Park, Slough Trading Estate, and Lynch Hill as defined by the roads, Cumberland Avenue, Northern Road, Stoke Poges Lane, A4 Bath Road, Burnham Lane, the Lower Britwell Road junction with Long Furlong Drive, Long Readings Lane, and onto Northborough Road.
The order began at 9pm, and it will be in place until 12 noon on Monday, November 16.
If necessary, the order can then be extended.
A Section 60 order temporarily allows police officers greater powers to stop and search in a defined location.
Areas where the Section 60 order will impact
Inspector John Braddy, of Slough police station, said: “A Section 60 order has been authorised following this public order incident, during which weapons were involved.
“Under this order, our officers have been given authority to use their powers under Section 60 to help the police prevent serious violence, and we do not take decisions to enact them lightly.
“This will understandably cause concern in the local community, but I would like for members of the public to be reassured that this order is in place to prevent any re-occurrence of such incidents.
“During the period in which the order is in place, there will be an increase of police officers in these specific areas.
“Using these increased powers, officers are able to stop and search anybody within a defined area while it is activated, with or without reasonable grounds to do so.
“Please don’t be worried if you are stopped by an officer, as this does not mean that you are in trouble.
“Do not hesitate to speak to one of our officers with any concerns that you may have.
“They will be happy to address these with you and also offer any advice or reassurance.”
For more information on stop and searches (A section 60 order), visit https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/st-s/stop-and-search/why-we-use-stop-and-search/