Officers in Crewe have been given a temporary boost to their powers for the second weekend in a row to stop and search anyone they suspect of carrying a weapon.
The powers will be in place from 7pm on Friday 28 June to 4am on Saturday 29 June and then subsequently from 7pm on Saturday 29 June to 4am on Sunday 30 June. The powers, which have been granted under Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act (1994), allow officers to stop and search any person or vehicle looking for weapons, whether or not they have any grounds of suspicion.
Officers from Crewe Local Policing Unit, supported by specialist task force officers and the Special Constabulary, will be in the Nantwich Road area using those powers to deter people from carrying weapons and to identify those carrying them.
British Transport Police will also be supporting the operation as the powers granted extend to the railway station.
This is the third time these powers have been granted for use by Crewe officers in June and follows a number of stabbing and serious assaults that have taken place in the Nantwich Road area over the past three months.
Last weekend there were a total of 64 searches and four arrests in the section 60 area, with three of the arrests relating to knife crime.
Chief Inspector of Crewe Local Policing Unit Simon Newell said: “We are getting really positive feedback from the local community about the proactive approach we are taking. Even from people we are searching!
“Making use of these additional powers is not taken lightly but we want to do everything we can to deter people from carrying weapons and stay on the front foot in tackling knife crime.
“I would encourage the public to contact the police via 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 with any information about anyone carrying a weapon so that we can take positive action to target that individual.”
In addition PCSOs will also be engaging with residents and businesses to highlight what the Constabulary is doing to tackle knife crime in their area.