Oxford stabbing: Extra stop-and-search powers in city – BBC


Extra stop-and-search powers have been put in place after a man was stabbed.
The victim, in his 40s, was seriously hurt in Mercury Road, Oxford, at about 20:50 GMT on Thursday. His injuries are not said to be life-threatening.
An arrested boy, 16, is in custody on suspicion of attempted murder.
The order means that until at least 13:00 on Sunday, police can stop and search anyone in a designated area. The measure will then be reviewed and could be extended.
The zone incorporates Grenoble Road to the south, the B480 to the east, Sandy Lane Sports Ground to the north and Sandy Lane West to the west.
Supt Emma Garside said officers understood the order, which was brought in on Friday, might cause concern among residents. But she said that it would "provide [police] with another tactic to quickly identify and disrupt those carrying weapons".
She added: "If you are stopped by an officer, please do not be worried as this does not mean that you are in trouble.
"You will see more police officers in the area whilst the order is in place and we expect to carry out more stop-and-searches than usual."
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