Nottinghamshire Police is to use Section 60 powers overnight tonight (6 July 2018) in the St Ann’s and Radford areas of Nottingham.
The decision has been taken as a preventative measure to help keep people safe and prevent disorder.
The Section 60 order will be in place from 6pm until 7am Saturday 7 July 2018 and will be in effect in both St Ann’s and Radford.
Chief Inspector Simon Allardice said: “We are in receipt of information and intelligence over the last 24 hours of an increase in tension between certain elements of the community within St Ann’s and Radford area.
“This in turn gives rise to a belief that there will be further serious violence in these areas if robust policing tactics are not employed.
“We therefore have invoked Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 within the areas identified, which will allow officers to stop and search anyone within these areas for weapons.
“In so doing, we will send a message to potential offenders and the community that the carrying of weapons will not be tolerated, nor will further acts of violence.”
What is Section 60?
Section 60 is a power that allows police officers to stop and search.
Where a Section 60 is in place, it means we can search anyone in a certain area, for example, when there is evidence that serious violence has taken place or will take place.
The officer should explain this to you and must be searching for items to be used in connection with violence. It is set for a limited time and provides the reasonable grounds for officers to stop and search people.