An extension to increased stop-and-search powers in Bolton has been authorised by the town’s senior officers in response to intelligence received from communities and social media ahead of this weekend.
The powers – under section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 – have been imposed until 3pm on Sunday 20 March and it’ll remain under constant review whether this should be extended further.
This means officers can stop-search anyone in a defined area during that given time period.
Since the powers began to be exercised in the town yesterday (Friday 18 March) 18 people have been stopped and lawfully searched.
Thankfully no weapons have so far been recovered and no arrests have been necessary.
Anyone found carrying dangerous instruments or offensive weapons will be prosecuted.
Extra uniformed and covert officers have been deployed in the borough over the weekend and we want to assure the public that the increase in these measures is to keep people safe.
We appeal to parents, carers, and other responsible adults to talk to young people about their plans for the weekend to ensure they are safe and they are legal.
Contact us via gmp.police.uk or 101 if you have any concerns or information. In an emergency, always dial 999.
Information about crime can also be shared anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.