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Section 60 order enacted in Reading

Alert message sent 06/02/2021 23:00:00

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Thames Valley Police has enacted a Section 60 order following the launch of a murder investigation in Reading.

Officers were called to Dulnan Close at around 6.55pm this evening (6/2). A 25-year-old man sadly died.

As a result, a section 60 order has been enacted. It is in place from 9pm this evening (6/2) until 9pm tomorrow (7/2).

The order applies to the whole Local Policing Area of Reading as outlined in the map provided.

A Section 60 order temporarily allows police officers greater powers to stop and search in a defined location when it is believed there is a likelihood that serious violence will take place.
Superintendent Nick John, Reading Local Policing Area Commander, said: “A Section 60 order has been authorised following this tragic incident.

“Under this order, our officers have been given authority to use their powers to help the police prevent further serious violence, and we do not take decisions to enact them lightly.

“This will understandably cause concern in the local community, but I would like for members of the public to be reassured that this order is in place to prevent any re-occurrence of such incidents.

“During the period in which the order is in place, there will be an increase of police officers.

“Using these increased powers, officers are able to stop and search anybody within a defined area while it is activated, with or without reasonable grounds to do so.

“Please don’t be worried if you are stopped by an officer, as this does not mean that you are in trouble.

“Do not hesitate to speak to one of our officers with any concerns that you may have. They will be happy to address these with you and also offer any advice or reassurance.”

There is more information on stop and search, and particularly Section 60 orders, on our website at https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/st-s/stop-and-search/why-we-use-stop-and-search/
 
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