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Police extend stop and search order in Newbury

A Section 60 order that was put in place yesterday (16/10) has been authorised and renewed today (17/10).

The order started this afternoon at 2pm (17/10) and will be in place until 2am on Friday (18/10) covering Newbury town centre, Victoria Park, Northcroft Park and Goldwell Park (the location of the Newbury Michaelmas Fair). 

A Section 60 order allows officers greater powers to stop and search people for items connected with violence, in a defined location.

This has been put in place following engagement with local schools, partners and parents in regards to rumours circulating about the potential for planned fights at the Michaelmas Fair. Police say they are taking these threats seriously and officers are continuing to make a number of enquiries into the credibility of these rumours.

Whilst the Section 60 order was enacted yesterday, 23 stop searches took place, two knives were recovered and one arrest was made. A knife arch was also deployed for use in the town centre.

The local community should be reassured rather than alarmed by the increased police presence. We are encouraged that residents have contacted us, and we will continue to listen to local concerns, and act accordingly to keep Newbury a safe place to enjoy local events.

Please feel free to speak to officers out and about with concerns that you may have, as they are there to reassure as well as keep the streets safe.

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