Police impose stop and search order after gun alert in carjacking

A carjacking sparked a police stop and search operation in west London early this morning (Monday October 18).

A firearm was seen during the incident involving a group of carjackers, although it was not used, and police responded by imposing a Section 60 order in the surrounding area.

The order was imposed just after midnight to run until 5am and police tweeted that it was intended to prevent further offences with weapons.

It gives officers power to stop and search people within the designated area.

Kensington and Chelsea Police tweeted: “A Section 60 has been authorised from 0004 hours until 0500 hours by Insp Hughes.

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“The areas affected are bordered by Ladbroke Grove north to Harrow Road, east to junction of Porchester Road, south to junction with Westbourne Grove, west to junction with Ladbroke Grove.”

In a further tweet, officers wrote: “This is due to a group committing a carjacking in the area where a firearm has been seen but not used.

“This is to prevent further offences with weapons.”

They also posted a link to an information video about Section 60 orders, writing: “A Section 60 is used by police to help them carry out stop and search, a tactic which helps remove weapons from the streets and ultimately save lives.”

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