Additional Stop & Search powers implemented in Southampton following serious assault
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Overnight tonight (Thursday 26 October) we are implementing additional stop and search powers in the areas surrounding the Daisy Dip area of Southampton, following a serious assault that occurred today.
These powers, which are utilised under Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, will cover the location captured in the map pictured, and will remain in place until 8am on Friday 27 October.
Police received a call at 6pm this evening with reports that a man had sustained stab wounds during an assault in Laburnum Road.
The injuries are considered life-threatening and the man, aged in his 20s, has been taken to hospital.
Officers are conducting enquiries at the scene and in the surrounding area.
Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their anonymous online form at crimestoppers-uk.org
Acting Inspector Mark Kingston said: “You can expect to see an increased police presence in the area as officers follow every line of enquiry available in relation to the assault. Teams will also be undertaking proactive patrols through the night and making use of Stop and Search powers.
“Section 60 powers such as these can be implemented in areas where either serious violence has occurred or police believe serious violence is about to occur. The powers give officers the ability to stop and search anyone in a designated location, without the restrictions of normal stop and search.
“We understand that this type of violence can cause particular concern to communities. Please be reassured that enquiries are being progressed as a priority and we will have a number of officers in the area who are approachable if you have any concerns, or any information about the incident that has occurred this evening.”