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Newham police temporarily increase stop and search powers after stabbing of teenager

PUBLISHED: 17:20 06 April 2018 | UPDATED: 17:31 06 April 2018

The 13-year-old was stabbed at around 7pm on Thursday evening in Gainsborough Avenue. Picture: Google

The 13-year-old was stabbed at around 7pm on Thursday evening in Gainsborough Avenue. Picture: Google

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Newham police are increasing their stop and search powers in reaction to a stabbing of a 13-year-old in Gainsborough Avenue yesterday.

Commander Breen has authorised a section 60 order, which increases the right of the police to search people in a defined area if they believe serious violence is likely to take place.

The order will be in place until Saturday at 6am.

Police were called after a 13-year-old was stabbed near Little Ilford Park on Thursday evening. Three youths were arrested on suspicion of grevious bodily harm.

The boy is in a serious but stable condition.

Section 60 orders of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 are only authorised when deemed a “proportionate and necessary response”. They are different to regular stop and searches as they require the authority of a senior officer and officers do not need reasonable grounds to believe the suspect is carrying a dangerous weapon to carry out a search.

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