Officers in Southampton will be able to stop and search anyone in the Merryoak area of Southampton overnight from now until 7am on Sunday, November 27 after a Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 was authorised.
This emergency power has been implemented in response to a stabbing in the area. The 18-year-old victim was found at 2.45am by passers-by today, Saturday, November 26, in Manor Road North, Southampton
The main concern and reason for the Section 60 is a worry regarding further violence, officers will be patrolling to provide reassurance.
Section 60 can be implemented in areas where either serious violence has occurred or police believe serious violence is about to occur and gives officers the power to stop and search anyone in a designated location, without the restrictions of normal stop and search.
Officers will be looking to apprehend those looking to cause serious violence and carrying offensive weapons or bladed articles.
Officers patrolling the area are able to stop and search anyone while Section 60 is in use.
The threshold to implement a Section 60 power is very high and we have it as a tactic to keep communities safe.
As a result, officers patrolling the area defined in the map will be able to stop and search anyone in the area for 24 hours. The power can be reviewed at that time and extended if appropriate.
Acting Inspector Pat Flemming said: “We only use Section 60 as an emergency short-term tactic. We do not suggest that it is a long term solution to violent disorder or weapon related crime, however we have concerns raised by the community this afternoon and this is our response.
"We know that some will think this inhibits our ability to catch those carrying weapons, however it is important communities are informed we are taking action. It is also helps prevent other incidents of serious violence occurring and so helps us prevent crime.
“We are telling you because we follow the national Best Use of Stop and Search guidance to inform communities why you may see an increased police presence and when we have enhanced powers."