A Section 60 authority has been authorised by Essex Police for 48 hours 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 will be in place from 3:05pm on Saturday 5 October to 3:05pm on Monday 7 October following the incidents. The first report was that a teenage boy had been assaulted by a group of teenage boys whilst in Dilkes Park around 4am on the morning of Saturday 5 October.
Shortly after 12:30pm it was later reported that a group of 4 or 5 teenage boys approached another teenage boy and his friends on Daiglen Drive and stole a jacket. Then, at around 1:30pm, it was reported that a group of teenagers approached another teenager on Derwent Parade, threatened him with a knife, and stole a speaker and some change.
Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said: "We are working with Essex Police who continue to investigate these incidents. The council has made available all of its CCTV footage and resources and the police are appealing for anyone who witnessed these crimes, saw any suspicious behaviours in the town, or has any information to contact the police on 101 or Crimestoppers immediately.
"We will continue to support officers in order to disrupt criminal activity, take weapons off our streets and keep our community safe. We will not tolerate crime and anti-social behaviour in Thurrock."