Man arrested for possessing offensive weapon after reports of disorder on Racecourse in Northampton

A man has been arrested for possession of an offensive weapon after reports of disorder on the Racecourse in Northampton earlier today.

Saturday, 9th June 2018, 10:22 pm
Updated Tuesday, 19th June 2018, 4:45 pm

Police officers in Northampton have been granted additional stop search powers in the area of the Racecourse and surrounding perimeter roads.

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Between 7pm today (June 9) up until 10am tomorrow, 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.

A police spokesperson said: "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."