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Section 60 order further extended in Reading

Alert message sent 08/02/2021 20:18:00

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Following the death of a 26-year-old man in an incident in Dulnan Close, Tilehurst, Reading, on Saturday (6/2), a Section 60 stop and search order authorised after the launch of a murder investigation has this evening (8/2) been extended for a further period of 24 hours.
Officers were called to Dulnan Close at around 6.55pm on Saturday, where the victim sadly died of multiple injuries.
Four people, aged between 16 and 25, and all from Reading, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in police custody at this time.
A warrant of further detention has today been granted for all four suspects, and they continue to be questioned on suspicion of murder.
As a result of this incident, the Section 60 order was enacted on Saturday and has been in place ever since.
This order has now been further extended for another period of 24 hours until 9pm on Tuesday (9/2), whereupon it will be further reviewed with an additional extension possible.
The order applies to the whole Local Policing Area of Reading as outlined in the map provided.
The 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: “We are continuing to investigate the circumstances of this tragic incident, and we have made a number of arrests.
“We have a large number of officers and staff deployed to the investigation and a number of high visibility patrols in Reading.
“The Section 60 order was authorised on Saturday, and this is something that I have reviewed each day since the incident occurred.
“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.
“I know that this incident will have caused 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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