Police have been authorised to use additional stop and search powers in Leigh-on-Sea after they received information of potential violence involving a group of individuals.
The additional stop-and-search powers – authorised under Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 – allow officers to use stop and search powers in specific locations without the need to have reasonable grounds to stop someone.
This authority was put in place at 11.30pm on Saturday August 15 and runs until 7.30am today, Sunday August 16.
Detective Inspector Scott Fitzmaurice said: “Officers are patrolling the area to deal with anyone who may be intent on committing crime.
“The additional stop and search powers are a valuable tool to help us identify if anyone is carrying prohibited articles or offensive weapons, and helps us to disrupt criminal activity, take weapons off the streets and keep our community safe.”
The powers have been authorised for use in the area shown in the map above. It covers the area between the A127, Progress Road, The Fairway, Eastwood Road North, Blenheim Chase, Mountdale Gardens, Treecot Drive, Bridgewater Drive, Southbourne Grove, Prince Avenue, Nestuda Way, Eastwoodbury Lane, White House Road and Rayleigh Road.