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Stop and search powers used to target knife crime in Stevenage overnight

Stevenage town centre Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police were given special permission to use stop and search powers on anyone suspected of carrying knives overnight in Stevenage.

Officers targeted people thought to be involved in crime between 11pm on Friday, 22 March, and 8am on Saturday morning.

Insp Patrick McPeaker, from Hertfordshire Police, said the action had been taken because of concerns raised by people living in the area.

He said the checks, carried out under section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act, were "a way for us to disrupt crime and keep the public safe".

The order was temporary but meant police could stop and search people without needing "reasonable grounds to do so".

"There are serious consequences if you choose to carry a knife. Not only will you face a possible custody sentence and criminal record, which could affect your job prospects in later life, you could case yourself or another person serious injury or even death."

– Insp Patrict McPeaker, Hertfordshire Police


Guilty verdicts in Tavis Spencer-Aitkens murder trial

Tavis Spencer-Aitkens was killed in June last year Credit: Family photo

Two men and a 17-year-old boy have been found guilty of the murder of Suffolk teenager Tavis Spencer-Aitkens.

Adebayo Amusa, Aristote Yenge, and a 17-year-old Kyreis Davies were among six males accused of being involved in Tavis’ killing in Ipswich in June last year.

They were found guilty today following nine days of deliberations by the jury

Tavis, 17, was found stabbed to death at Packard Avenue, just yards from his home.

Forty-two-year-old Leon Glasgow has been found not guilty of murder and manslaughter charges.

The jury at Ipswich Crown Court are continuing to deliberate over two other accused - Callum Plaats and Isaac Calver.

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