Additional stop and search powers for police after fatal stabbing in Writtle

Police will be carrying out extra patrols and using additional stop and search powers in the Springfield area of Chelmsford, following the death of a man in Writtle on Friday evening.

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

This allows uniformed officers to search people for dangerous objects and weapons without the need to have a reasonable suspicion.

The use of these powers are in place until 2.30pm tomorrow, Monday February 3.

Authorisation is already in place for the Melbourne Estate and has now been extended to 6am tomorrow.

Detective Chief Superintendent Stuart Hooper said: “These measures have been in place to help us identify and deter anyone who may be carrying weapons following the tragic death of a man on Friday.

“Please don’t worry about the increased police presence. We are just looking to continue to ensure everyone feels safe.”


Mick Ferris

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