UPDATE: Section 60 in place in Preston

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Section 60 powers were again put in place last night (Tuesday, March 12th) as part of our on-going response to the stabbing of a 14-year-old boy on Sunday evening.

This applied to the Fishwick and St Matthews areas (pictured) between 6pm and 6am this morning.

During those times, our officers stopped and searched 43 people, as well as 3 vehicles. No one was arrested.

A Section 60 gives us the power to search people or vehicles without suspicion in an area where we believe violence could take place.

We would like to thank the community for their on-going support and compliance whilst we have been in the area carrying out the searches. Please be assured that that this is not about targeting innocent people, it’s us making sure we’re doing all we can to keep people safe.

If you are concerned about knife crime in your area, please speak up. We act on intelligence from our communities.  If you’ve seen something suspicious please report it to us on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or online at



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