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Section 60 Order extended in Reading

Alert message sent 07/02/2021 21:38:00

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Following the death of a 26-year-old man in an incident in Dulnan Close, Tilehurst, Reading, yesterday evening (6/2), a Section 60 order authorised after the launch of a murder investigation has now been extended for a further period of 24 hours.
Officers were called to Dulnan Close at around 6.55pm on Saturday evening (6/2), where the man sadly died of multiple injuries.
As a result of this incident, a Section 60 order was put into place until 9pm this evening (7/2).
This order has now been extended until 9pm on Monday (8/2) at which point it will be further reviewed with an additional extension possible.
The order applies to the whole Local Policing Area of Reading.
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: “The investigation into what happened in Dulnan Close is still in its early stages, and we have a large number of officers and staff deployed to this investigation.
“The Section 60 order was authorised yesterday following this tragic incident, and I have approved an extension for a further 24 hours this evening until 9pm tomorrow evening, where this will be reviewed again.
“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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