Police powers ramped up in North Westminster before New Year’s Eve after ‘firearm discharge’

Officers from the Met Police are on alert after the “discovery of weapons” and a “firearms discharge” in Central London.

Police in Westminster confirmed that a Section 60, which gives officers enhanced powers to stop and search, is in place in northern parts of the borough.

Police explained in a tweet on the Westminster MPS profile page that the reason for the order was due to incidents in the early hours of Thursday (December 30) morning.

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They allegedly found weapons during a sweep of the area and reported a firearms discharge just after midnight in the W10 area of London which includes North Kensington and Kensal Town.

The Section 60 runs from 6pm on Thursday until 5am on Friday, December 31 when it automatically be lifted.

Police Tweeted: “It will cover the North boundary of the B413/Carlton Road; East boundary of the A5; South boundary of The West Way; and the West boundary of Ladbroke Grove.”

They added: “A section 60 Order has been authorised for the north of #Westminster, to run from 6pm today until 5am on Friday, 31 Dec.

“This section 60 Order is due to incidents in the early hours of the morning, including a firearms discharge and weapons found during the sweep of the area.”

The order comes not long after a spate of knife attacks in London over the last 36 hours.

On Wednesday (December 29) police were called to Kilburn after two men believed to be in their twenties were found with stab injuries.

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A Section 60 put in place by Brent Police was lifted at 3.45pm on Thursday after a “serious assault in the NW2 area”.

On Wednesday at around 4.10pm two men were also treated in Ilford at at Seven Kings Station and on Swindon Close for stab wounds.

Police also confirmed on Thursday morning two teenagers, 17 and 15, had been stabbed in Brixton and later at around 11.40am a 15-year-old boy has been rushed to hospital after a stabbing in Edgware.

None of the incidents are believed to be related and none of the victims’ conditions are believed to be life threatening.

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