A Section 60 authority has been authorised in a part of Loughton following information about a possible disturbance involving two groups of people.
Officers have information leading to concerns that the two gangs may fight, armed with weapons, and could harm others tonight, (Monday, January 20).
The order in place is in an area of the town including Traps Hill, Station Road, Roding Road, Oakwood Hill, Willingale Road and both Debdon and Loughton underground stations.
A section 60 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 Authority allows officers in uniform to stop and search anyone specifically to prevent and detect the carrying of dangerous instruments or offensive weapons.
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The order has been authorised to be in place from 3pm today and will run until midnight.
Inspector Tom Mitchell, from the Brentwood and Epping Forest Community Policing Team, said: “We have received information which indicates there may be a disturbance between two groups of people so are taking responsible, proportionate, and proactive measures to ensure this doesn’t happen.
“If you see an increased police presence in this area over the next 24 hours, I don’t want you to worry about it.
“Loughton is a really safe area anyway but we want to keep it that way. We won’t tolerate anyone coming here to commit crime or setting out to harm others and we’ll use all the powers available to us to do that.”