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Sheffield police given stop and search powers after stabbings

Det Supt Una Jennings with weapons surrendered during a recent amnesty Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Police in Sheffield have been given special powers to stop and search anyone thought to be carrying weapons following a string of stabbings last weekend.

Two men, aged 28 and 33, were injured in an incident in a city centre nightclub, a 21-year-old was attacked in Carver Street and three others, aged 20, 22 and 30, were knifed in Division Street in incidents on Saturday and Sunday.

South Yorkshire Police have been given permission to use stop and search in the city centre between 10.30pm and 6am over the weekend.

Detective Superintendent Una Jennings said: “I know many people were shocked and scared after last weekend, but I want everyone to feel that they can go out in Sheffield on Friday and Saturday nights and feel safe from harm.

“The public reaction, and the severity of last weekend’s attacks, are the reasons why we have asked to be given these temporary powers to stop and search.

“I feel they are necessary, proportionate and will give people reassurance around their own safety, and the safety of friends and family."