Ipswich has received new powers to control crime in the area following an assault over the weekend. Police were called into action at 8:55 pm on Monday 16th May by a call from a member of the public, who reported seeing a group of males running in her town. When the 9.20pm incident happened, police officers were dispatched and a search started for the suspect in 30 minutes. Happening –
The attack is understood to have occurred near to the parade of shops in Hawthorn Drive just before 8.55pm and officers are continuing to make enquiries into the incident.
The visibility of patrols in the area will provide the local community with reassurance. Because of the siege, a Section 60 order has been passed in Ipswich, temporarily banning all driving and through traffic from the area beginning at 10:45 pm on Monday 16 May. This order has been in place for 24 hours until 10:45 pm on Tuesday 17 May.
Officers who are part of the powers will be allowed a level of suspicion to stop and search. This might take place in certain regions, where there is a risk of violence or weapons being around. It is currently only in certain areas marked on a map above
Officers are keen to point out that while there is no perceived risk to the wider public, there is an increased risk of violence between parties either directly involved/associated with the incident.
Police officers are finding themselves with a more dangerous job than ever before. While the police force is not at risk, there are increased risks to those who might be in the vicinity of a crime scene.
Any witnesses, or anyone with information about this incident, is asked to contact South CID at Landmark House in Ipswich, quoting reference: 29847/22.
Phone – Call 101
What is a Section 60?
Section 60 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994
Section 60 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 (s.60) gives police the right to search people in a defined area during a specific time period when they believe, with good reason, that: serious violence will take place and it is necessary to use this power to prevent such violence; or that a person is carrying a dangerous object or offensive weapon; or that an incident involving serious violence has taken place and a dangerous instrument or offensive weapon used in the incident is being carried in the locality.