Temporary stop and search powers granted to police in Widnes Date published: 14th August 2019 8.46am

Officers in Widnes have been given more powers to stop and search anyone they suspect of carrying a weapon.

It follows concerns raised by the local community after a number of incidents in Widnes.

The powers have been granted temporarily under Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act (1994).

The order means that officers can stop and search any person or vehicle they believe may be carrying weapons or causing serious violence in a particular area, whether or not they have any grounds of suspicion.

The powers will be in place from 7.30am today, Wednesday 14 August, and will remain in force until 7.30am on 15 August. It applies to an area of Widnes including Arley Drive Playing Fields, and Hough Green Park.

Inspector Paul Chadwick said: “The order will remain in place until 7.30am on 15 August. There will be an additional police presence across the town - anyone behaving in a disorderly manner will be targeted.

“I urge anyone with any concerns to speak to a local officer.”

Anyone who has any information about someone carrying a weapon is urged to contact police on 101, or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.