Section 60 order enacted in Milton Keynes now, following mass stabbing
A section 60 has been issued in Milton Keynes by the Thames Valley Police, today (March 31).
The order is a reaction to a mass gang attack which took place on the redway near to Furzton Lake just before 7:30pm yesterday (March 30).
Thames Valley Police is applying this order in the entire borough of Milton Keynes.
Police started the order at 10:47am this morning and it will last for 24 hours.
Inspector Gemma Price, of Milton Keynes Police station, said: “In response to the violent incident last night whereby two teenagers sustained stab wounds, we have put in place a Section 60 order for the entire borough of Milton Keynes.
“A section 60 order enhances the stop and search powers of officers, allowing them to search anyone without needing to suspect that they might be carrying weapons.
“The order is in place to prevent further violence from taking place, so we would encourage residents to feel reassured by a police presence rather than alarmed.
“Thames Valley Police does not take the decision to implement a Section 60 lightly, and following the conclusion of this order, it can be extended if deemed necessary. We take any incidents of knife related crime extremely seriously and so you can expect to see additional officers in the area. I would strongly encourage the people to speak to officers if they have concerns.
“I would also like to take the opportunity to further appeal for witnesses, or anyone with information about the incident near Furzton Lake last night.
“Anyone with information is asked to contact Thames Valley Police on 101, quoting reference 43210134271. You can also report online, or call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
The arrests were made in connection to the altercation yesterday evening on suspicion of Section 18 grievous bodily harm with intent. Four men one aged 18, two aged 17 and one aged 15 are currently in custody.
Due to stab wounds suffered from the attack two teenagers are in hospital, the authorities report their injuries are not life-threatening.