Ipswich – Section 60 authority in place after youths seen with weapons
Police in Ipswich have been granted additional powers to stop and search following reports of a group of youths seen carrying weapons in the Norwich Rd, Westbourne Park area.
Officers were called at just after 5:10pm this afternoon, Thursday 30 June, to reports of a groups of male youths in the area of the park, some of whom were carrying knives.
Police units were sent to the area and are continuing to make enquiries. Additional visible patrols will be carried out in the area in a bid to offer reassurance to the local community. As a matter of precaution a Section 60 has been authorised, which is in place for a 12-hour period beginning at 5:42pm today until 5:42am tomorrow (Friday 1 July) and covers the western part of Ipswich and the majority of the town centre.
As part of the powers, officers will be allowed to stop and search without reasonable grounds, but where there is a risk of violence or a belief weapons are being carried, within the area marked by on the attached map.
In addition a, a dispersal order is in place for the same location covering the same timeframe. The order gives uniformed officers the authority to disperse individuals or groups where their presence or behaviour has resulted, or is likely to result in, a member of the public being harassed, intimidated, alarmed or distressed.
Officers are keen to point out that while there is no perceived risk to the wider public, there is an increased risk of violence between parties either directly involved/associated with the incident.
Any witnesses, or anyone with information about this incident, is asked to contact Suffolk Police, quoting reference: CAD 323 of 30 June.
Phone – Call 101
Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form: www.crimestoppers-uk.org
Please note in the event of an emergency you should always call 999
What is a Section 60?
Section 60 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994
Section 60 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 (s.60) gives police the right to search people in a defined area during a specific time period when they believe, with good reason, that: serious violence will take place and it is necessary to use this power to prevent such violence; or that a person is carrying a dangerous object or offensive weapon; or that an incident involving serious violence has taken place and a dangerous instrument or offensive weapon used in the incident is being carried in the locality.