Officers responding to reports of public disorder on the Racecourse in Northampton today have been granted additional stop search powers.
Between 7pm today (Saturday, June 9) and to a maximum period of 10am, tomorrow (Sunday, June 10), officers will be able to stop any pedestrian or vehicle without any cause for suspicion and conduct a search for offensive weapons in order to protect people from harm.
These additional powers have been granted under Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.
This is a distinct power that allows officers to conduct searches without ‘reasonable suspicion' but only when a chief officer believes strict criteria have been met and it is needed to prevent serious violence.
The order is in place for the Racecourse and surrounding perimeter roads.
As a result of the disorder earlier this evening one man was arrested for possession of an offensive weapon.