Senior officers at British Transport Police (BTP) have this week authorised the Force’s use of Section 60 stop and search powers under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act.

The powers have been authorised at the following stations in London: Stratford, Lewisham and Ilford.

The authority for Section 60 begins at 4pm on 30 November, lasting until 7am on 1 December and covers BTP jurisdiction and 200 meters proximity to those stations.

Superintendent Paul Langley from British Transport Police, said: “Throughout this evening, passengers and rail staff can expect to see a higher than usual number of officers at these stations.

“The decision has not been taken lightly and is in response to a number of highly concerning incidents on the rail network, involving weapons or violence. Last Friday, one of our officers was seriously assaulted at Ilford station and over the past four weeks, BTP has recorded a number of incidents at stations in London and the South East involving a knife or a weapon.

“Friday was one step in our fight back against violence and knife crime, and I hope that the majority of passengers will be reassured by the presence of my officers. Section 60 powers are a highly effective tool in our ability to prevent serious violence and seize dangerous weapons from the streets and we are confident this authority is justified.

“Of course the public remain the eyes and ears of the rail network and we would encourage them to reach out if they see something that concerns them. You can contact us by discreetly sending a text message to 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40.”

 Friday deployment follows an operation implemented on Thursday (29/11) at these stations where Section 60 was also authorised.

As part of this authorisation, the Force has consulted with members of the Stop and Search Community Consultation Group.

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