Heightened stop-search powers introduced in Oldham to crackdown on use of knives
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Additional stop-and-search powers have been introduced in Oldham under section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act (1994) allowing officers to stop-search anyone in a defined area until 7am tomorrow (Monday 30 May).
Detective Superintendent Kate Atton, of our Oldham district, said: “We have seen such a shocking and serious act of violence this weekend that has involved the use of a knife on the streets of Oldham and this will not be tolerated.
“While an investigation continues at pace to understand the circumstances behind it – and the person responsible - we are also determined to doing whatever’s in our power to prevent any further such incidents taking place in our town.
“That is why heightened stop-and-search powers have been introduced in the Glodwick area and the town centre to allow officers to prevent anyone found carrying weapons to be free to walk our streets.”
Anyone with concerns or information about knife-related crime in their area should contact police in confidence via our LiveChat facility via our website, if able, or by calling 101.
Details can be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.