Following a further incident of disorder in Milton Keynes today (23/6), a new Section 60 Stop and Search order has been enacted, covering the entire Borough of Milton Keynes for a period of 24 hours.
The order commenced at 7.30pm this evening (23/6) and will remain in place until at least 7.30pm on Thursday (24/6).
It has been put in place following an incident of violent disorder in Buckfast Play Park, Buckfast Avenue, Bletchley, which was reported just after 5.20pm today.
There were reports of a group of between 20 and 30 males fighting, armed with bricks and bladed articles.
Six males have been arrested in connection with the incident and a number of weapons have been seized.
One male has suffered a minor injury as a result of the incident.
Inspector Kirsty Bishop, based at Aylesbury police station, said: “Unfortunately, once again, we have seen a significant incident of disorder in Milton Keynes this evening, and as a result, we have implemented a further Section 60 order.
“This order will allow our officers extra powers to stop and search people across the entire Borough of Milton Keynes, as defined by the map, for at least the next 24 hours.
“This order will be reviewed on Thursday and may be extended further if it is felt necessary and proportionate to do so.
“These orders are put in place in order to aid police investigations as well as to ensure the safety of the public.
“They are a valuable tool available to help police prevent further incidents of violence and disorder.
“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.
“If anybody has any information about the incident this afternoon, please call 101, quoting reference number 43210276759 June or call the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111. You can also make a report online.”
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/