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Ipswich - four arrests made

Police have made four arrests  in connection with a search of a vehicle at Anglia Retail Park in Ipswich at about 1am this morning (Sunday 12 May).

Officers saw a vehicle being driven erratically and on searching it discovered a BB gun, a screwdriver and a quantity of cannabis inside.

Four males were all arrested and taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning where they remain.

One 18 year old was arrested on suspicion of possession of class B drugs, driving with no insurance and possession of an offensive weapon.

A 19 year old and 16 year old were both arrested on suspicion of possession of class B drugs, possession of an offensive weapon, possession of firearm offences and possession with intent to supply drugs.

Another 19 year old was arrested on suspicion of possession of class B drugs, possession of an offensive weapon and possession with intent to supply drugs.

Police can confirm that the imposition of a Section 60 power in parts of Ipswich has now been lifted.

This power, in place from 7pm yesterday (Saturday 11 May), until 4am this morning, Sunday 12 May allowed officers to stop and search without reasonable grounds, but where there is a risk of violence or believe weapons are being carried, in the IP1, IP2 and IP3 postcode areas of Ipswich.
 
Additional visible patrols were also carried out in the town throughout the evening in a bid to offer reassurance to the local community. Five stop search interactions took place in the area during the times stated with no arrests made. 

The Section 60 follows an incident in Gippeswyk Park, Ipswich on Friday 10 May, around 30 young people were reported to be involved in an altercation in the park in Ancaster Road. Following the arrival of police no one was discovered with any injuries following the incident.

The arrests referenced above were made outside the Section 60 area.

What is a Section 60?
 
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.

Previous release I 11 May 2019

Police will be conducting additional searches following an incident in Gippeswyk Park, Ipswich.
 
At around 3.40pm yesterday, Friday 10 May, around 30 young people were reported to be involved in an altercation in the park in Ancaster Road.
 
Officers attended but the group had dispersed.  No one was discovered with any injuries following the incident.
 
Additional visible patrols were carried out in the town throughout the evening in a bid to offer reassurance to the local community.
 
As a matter of precaution, a Section 60 has been authorised between 7pm today, Saturday 11 May, until 4am tomorrow, Sunday 12 May.
 
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 believe weapons are being carried, in the IP1, IP2 and IP3 postcode areas of Ipswich.
 
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.