Series of arrests made during Section 60 stop and search

Thames Valley Police <i>(Image: Thames Valley Police)</i>
Thames Valley Police (Image: Thames Valley Police)

A series of arrests were made by police during a stop and search order.

After an incident of violence around Dickens Walk on Thursday, September 14, a Section 60 order was enacted.

This order was extended on Friday, September 15 and expired at 12pm on Saturday, September 16.

Thames Valley Police have charged two men and arrested a further four people in connection with the order.

Jake Bozarth, aged 18, of Newtown Road, Newbury and Jake Blanford, aged 18, of Dickens Walk, Newbury were both charged with one count of Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH).

Both men have been remanded in custody and are due to appear in court at a date to be confirmed.

One man, aged 21, was arrested on suspicion of GBH and bailed until December 8 while investigations continue.

Two others, a 13-year-old boy and a 19-year-old man, were arrested on suspicion of GBH and bailed until December 4 while investigations continue.

A 20-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of obstructing a constable and has been cautioned.

A Section 60 order can only be put in place in a defined area at a specific time when a senior officer believes there is a possibility of serious violence, or weapons being carried.

The order temporarily enhances the powers of officers, meaning they can stop and search anyone in a designated.

In this instance, the Section 60 covered the area bordered by the A339, Greenham Road, and Pinchington Lane.

Inspector Alan Hawkett, based at Newbury police station, said: “We are committed to supporting our communities and keeping everyone safe.

“While I understand that a Section 60 order may sound alarming, the enhanced stop and search powers provides us with another tactic to quickly identify and disrupt incidents of violence in the area.

“Officers who are out and about following a Section 60 order are there to reassure you as well as using their powers.

“A total of 57 stop searches were made while the order was in place.

“I would like to thank the local community for their support and patience while this Section 60 was in operation.”