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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 (9/2) 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.
Eight people in total, aged between 16 and 25, and all from Reading, have been arrested on suspicion of murder.
One of these, a 16-year-old boy, has this evening (9/2) been charged with one count of murder and one count of Section 18 grievous bodily harm with intent and will appear at Reading Magistrates' Court on Wednesday (10/2).
Three others, two 25-year-old men and a 22-year-old man, have now been released on conditional bail, while five others remain in police custody.
As a result of this incident, the Section 60 order was enacted on Saturday and has been in place ever since.
This order, which is reviewed each day, has now been further extended for another period of 24 hours until 9pm on Wednesday (10/2), 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, police 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.
“We have stopped and searched 65 individuals since the order was put in place, and as a result of these searches, we have arrested and charged a 17-year-old boy from Reading for possessing a sharply-bladed article in a public place.
“He has subsequently appeared in court and has been bailed with conditions.
“We have also located and seized class B drugs from some of these searches, and the offenders are being dealt with accordingly.
“This justifies the use of our Section 60 powers, and it will continue to be in place until we feel it is proportionate to relax these.
“I know that this incident has caused concern in the local community, but I would like 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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