POLICE have been given greater stop and search powers in Slough following reports of groups of men with weapons in the town. 

Residents are likely to see a greater police presence in the area after a Section 60 order was enacted yesterday (September 9) and will be in place for at least 24 hours. 

It comes after two reports were made about groups of men with weapons in Slough -- the first being in Aylesbury Crescent and the second being on Elmwood Road yesterday evening. 

No arrests have been made at this time. 

Section 60 orders give officers greater stop and search powers within a designated area in order to prevent further incidents of disorder.

The order is in place for the area as defined by the map below, covering the A4 Bath Road from the junction of A355 Farnham Road along to A412 Uxbridge Road. The A355 from Bath Road up to and including Cumberland Avenue and Northern Road, across Stoke Poges Lane, Fir Tree Avenue, Stoke Green, Church Lane and Wexham Park Lane up to and including the A412.

Inspector Karen Bunce, based at Slough police station, said: “We have authorised a Section 60 in Slough following two reports of groups of men with weapons.

“The order is in place to reassure the community and to prevent any further incidents from taking place.

“As a result of this, there will be an increased presence of officers in the local area.

“If anyone has any concerns, please feel free to approach our officers and speak to them.

“I’d also ask any who thinks they have information about these incidents to please get in touch. Anyone with information can make a report by calling 101 or online.

“Alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their website.”