Police issue Section 60 stop-and-search order for Burnley town centre

A Section 60 stop-and-search order has been introduced across Burnley town centre this evening.
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The order, which gives the police powers to stop and search people and vehicles, without suspicion, for “offensive weapons or dangerous instruments”, will run until 3-30pm tomorrow. It covers the highlighted area on the map.

A Section 34 dispersal order, which allows a police officer to direct any person who is in the designated area to leave the area and not to return within a specified time period, has also been introduced in the same area, and will run until midnight. It is the second night in a row a dispersal order has been granted following reports of a pre-arranged fight that was due to take place at 7pm between teenagers in the town centre.

A police spokesman said: “You should be reassured to see a really visible policing presence in the area. However, if you have any concerns, please don't hesitate to speak to one of our officers.”