Police will be using additional stop-and-search powers in a part of Chelmsford following a stabbing.
A young man was taken to hospital with life threatening injuries following an assault in Chelmer Park, Galleywood, at around 4.50pm today, Tuesday June 2.
Three teenagers were seen leaving the area, they have been described as white and wearing black clothing.
One was wearing a white mask and blue gloves.
In response officers have been authorised to use stop and search powers under Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 until 9am tomorrow Wednesday June 3.
It’s essentially an extension of the stop and search powers officers already use but differs because it means officers do not need to have reasonable grounds to stop someone.
It covers an area that includes Chelmer Park, Beehive Lane, Stock Road, Firecrest Road and Linnet Drive.
Detective Inspector Jamie Mills said: “Following the incident earlier today we are investigating what happened.
“We believe this was a targeted attack.
“Officers will be carrying out extra patrols with enhanced stop-and-search powers to identify and apprehend anyone carrying weapons or intent in causing harm.
“They are also there to prevent any further disturbance and protect the community.
“I’d like to thank the local community in advance for their co-operation.
“We continue our ongoing work to identify anyone who is intent on committing violent crime and particularly knife crime with Op Sceptre.”
Anyone with information is asked to please call us on 101 quoting incident 945 of Tuesday 2 June.
Information can also be given completely anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.