West Midlands Police has issued a stop and search order across two parts of Birmingham tonight after firearm offences and violence over the past few days.
Officers are using Section 60 powers – which allow them enhanced stop and search powers within a defined area – in Bordesley Green and Alum Rock tonight.
The order started this evening and will continue until 7am tomorrow morning (July 17).
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It allows police officers to stop and search anyone within the areas without a reason.
The force has put the Section 60 in place after a number of incidents of violence, including firearms offences, over the past few days in the areas.
Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 says it is used when police “believe, with good reason, that: serious violence will take place and it is necessary to use this power to prevent such violence; or that a person is carrying a dangerous object or offensive weapon; or that an incident involving serious violence has taken place and a dangerous instrument or offensive weapon used in the incident is being carried in the locality.”
A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: “Officers are using Section 60 powers in parts of Birmingham tonight until 7am tomorrow morning (17 July).
“The order which started this evening (16 July), covers Bordesley Green and Alum Rock, and gives us the power to stop and search people we suspect may be involved in violence, without the need to have reasonable grounds.
“The Section 60 is in place after a number of incidents of violence, including firearms offences, over the past few days.
“Our priority is to protect YOU the public. If you have any information on gun and knife crime, call us on 101 to report.
“In an emergency dial 999.”