A firearms incident in Hackney last night (Sunday) prompted a stop and search order throughout the borough.
The Section 60 order, giving Metropolitan Police officers authority to stop and search anyone in the designated area, came into effect at 9pm and was due to run until 10am today.
The authority was announced by Hackney Police on their Twitter account.
No details of the firearms incident were given, but there were a number of violent attacks in other parts of London over the weekend.
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The tweet read: “Due to a firearms incident earlier, a section 60 search authority for the whole of the borough has been implemented from 2100hrs until 1000hrs tomorrow.
“The senior officer granting is Inspector Goodwin.”
Orders under Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act allow officers to stop and search people with no grounds for suspicion.
Police are only supposed to authorise the use of Section 60 when there has been serious violence or where there is a risk it may occur in a particular area.
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