Leader praises police action

11 October 2019

The Leader of Thurrock Council has praised Essex Police after their decision to authorise a Section 60 authority in South Ockendon, following reports of an assault and 2 robberies in the town on Saturday 5 October.

A Section 60 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 authority allows constables in uniform to stop and search anyone, specifically to prevent and detect the carrying of dangerous instruments or offensive weapons. The normal high level of reasonable grounds are not required to conduct the stop and search

The Section 60 was in place from 3:05pm on Saturday 5 October to 3:05pm on Monday 7 October following incidents in Dilkes Park, Daiglen Drive and Derwent Parade.

Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said: "I would like to thank Essex Police for taking the decision to use their power under Section 60 and I'm grateful that they took the time to contact me to outline why and what they planned to do.

"This week I met with the police to discuss the outcomes of their prompt action at the weekend to keep our residents safe and understand they will be making these successes public shortly.

"On top of the £1million extra funding we’re using for more police on our streets, the council will continue to support our police however we can in order to stop criminal activity, take weapons off our streets and keep our communities safe. None of us should tolerate crime and anti-social behaviour in Thurrock and I would remind any resident who is a victim or witness to a crime to report it to the police on 101 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."