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Police will be carrying out extra patrols and using additional stop and search powers in a number of roads in Loughton following a disturbance there this evening, Monday February 17.
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 7.20pm on Tuesday February 18.
The powers are being exercised to protect the community and prevent incidents of crime and disorder.
A Section 60 power differs from the regular stop and search powers as officers do not need to have reasonable grounds to stop and search someone.
They were brought in after officers were called to reports of a disturbance in The Broadway, Loughton at just before 6pm today.
It was reported to involve around 15 people, some of whom are thought to have had weapons, and two people were injured.
Inspector Russell Welch, from the Harlow and Loughton Community Policing Team, said: “Following the earlier incident today we are doing all we can to investigate what happened, protect the community, and prevent any further disturbances.
“We will be carrying out extra patrols to reassure residents and we would like to thank the local community in advance for their co-operation.”
The Section 60 order covers a 1,000-metre area around the junction of Forest Road and High Street including Church Hill, Station Road, Forest Road, Earl’s Path, Staple’s Hill, Loughton Brook, Alderton Hill, Roding Road and Trap’s Hill.
If you saw anything, have any CCTV or dash cam footage, any other information about the earlier disturbance, call 101 quoting incident 977 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.