Giving officers more powers to conduct stop and searches throughout the area
Following two incidents 'where knives or sharply bladed or pointed articles were used' in the borough a Section 60 order under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 was authorised for seven wards within Putney, Roehampton, Wimbledon and Wandsworth from 6.30pm on Thursday the 23rd until 9.30am today ( 24th January). The order gives the force additional powers to police officers, allowing them to stop and search anyone in a particular area for a set period of time - without requiring reasonable grounds to do so.
The affected locations are as follows: The wards of West Hill, Roehampton, West Putney, East Putney, Southfields, Wimbledon Park and Wimbledon Village.
This means that until 9.30am, Constables in uniform can use this power to stop and search in the area specified, specifically to prevent and detect the carrying of dangerous instruments or offensive weapons.
In September 2019 following a double stabbing at Putney Postal Delivery Office (12th September) A Section 60 order was placed in Putney, Wandsworth & neighbouring Richmond.
Visit the met police website to find out more about how the police use s.60, stop and search and what your rights are: https://t.co/91VOmHaBWh
January 24, 2020