School's day of reflection reason for stop and search order in Frinton

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Stop and Search powers are in force in Frinton in the areas of this map, meaning uniformed Essex police officers are allowed to search people for dangerous objects and weapons without the need to have a reasonable suspicion. - Credit: Essex police

There will be extra police patrols and stop and search in force in Frinton tonight. 

Essex police have clarified that it put the Section 60 order in place due to an event involving a local school. 

They said in another statement at around 9pm this evening: "We know that today has been a day of reflection for members of the local school community and, earlier today, we received intelligence that people outside of Frinton were intending on intruding on a further event later this evening.

"The intelligence suggested that these people would have weapons and, to protect people within the local community, we put a Section 60 order in place."

An Essex police spokesperson confirmed earlier today it was not "an unlicensed music event" or something similar but did not explain further. 

Chief inspector Lily Benbow, the district commander for Tendring, said: “We’ve had some concerning reports today, and our aim is to keep everyone safe.

“As a result, my officers will be carrying out extra patrols in the area to ensure that the residents of Frinton feel safe this evening. They will also identify anyone intent on committing any crime. If you see or hear anything suspicious, please report it to them.

“We’ll be using a number of additional powers to ensure the safety of everyone in the area.

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"These powers are not put in place without careful consideration, and I understand that they may be disruptive to some, but I’d like to thank you in advance for helping to keep other people safe.”

Additional stop and search powers under Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 will be used from inside Frinton gates, from Pole Barn Lane down to the Esplanade.

This means people can be stopped and searched without a reasonable suspicion for dangerous objects and weapons. 

It has been in place since 4pm today until 4am tomorrow.