Essex Police launch urgent operation in Southend

Essex Police have enacted new powers to stop and search people on Saturday morning after reports of a number of attacks.

Police are using Section 60 authorisation to stop and search people in Southend.

Officers are using the additional powers after reports of a number of incidents, including attempted robbery.

The order came into force at 11.15pm on Friday and lasts until 5.15am on Saturday morning.

Police tweeted: “It means officers can stop someone without reasonable grounds to do so.”

A police spokesman said: “Our officers will be using additional stop and search powers in parts of Southend tonight following a number of incidents including reports of attempted robberies.

“It is believed a group of people who have entered Southend from outside the district are linked to the incidents and we have taken action to keep the public safe.

“Officers have been authorised to use stop and search powers under Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.

“This is essentially an extension of the stop and search powers officers already have been differs because it means they do not need to have reasonable grounds to carry a stop and search out.

“Due to this we have an obligation to make the public aware when one is in place, the area it covers, and how long it will be in place for.

“Our officers have been authorised to use these powers between 11.15pm on Friday 9 July until 5.15am on Saturday 10 July.

“The area in which the Section 60 authorisation is in place includes Marine Parade and the High Street.”

Inspector Tony Adams said: “We are utilising the extension to the stop and search powers we already have in order to keep you safe.

“We will not tolerate people coming to Southend intent on committing crime these extended powers are just one of the tools we have available to protect the public.

“If you are in Southend overnight you will see an increased police presence but please do not be alarmed. “I want to thank the public in advance for their understanding and co-operation.”

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