POLICE once again have powers to stop and search teenagers in Newbury after rumours circulated of a knife attack between two schools.

Since the Section 60 order was enacted yesterday (October 16), 23 stop searches took place, two knives were recovered and one arrest was made. 

A knife arch was also deployed for use in Newbury town centre.

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The order started today at 2pm and will be in place until Friday 2am covering the town centre, Victoria Park, Northcroft Park and Goldwell Park where Michaelmas Fair is.

Worried parents contacted police after rumours circulated about planned fights at the fairground between rival schools.

Officers are taking the threats seriously and are continuing to make enquiries into the 'credibility of the rumours'. 

A police spokesman said: "The local community should be reassured rather than alarmed by the increased police presence.

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"We are encouraged that residents have contacted us, and we will continue to listen to local concerns, and act accordingly to keep Newbury a safe place to enjoy local events.

"Please feel free to speak to officers out and about with concerns that you may have, as they are there to reassure as well as keep the streets safe."