POLICE have failed to find any weapons after being given special stop and search powers, following a double stabbing incident in Tilehurst.

The Section 60 order, granting police greater powers to stop and search people for items connected with violence during a certain amount of time and a certain place, has not led to any arrests or weapons recovered.

The powers were granted to Thames Valley Police in Reading and West Berkshire from 7pm on Sunday, September 13, to 7pm yesterday, September 15.

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The news comes after two 16 year old boys were stabbed in Lucey Close, Tilehurst, on Saturday, September 12.

Police are continuing to appeal for information regarding the incident.

Local Policing Area Commander for West Berkshire, Superintendent Lindsey Finch, said: “Enacting Section 60 is just one method that we use to ensure weapons are kept off our streets.

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“While the Section 60 was in place, a number of searches were conducted, but no knives were recovered and no arrests have been made.

“It is pleasing to see that this measure has had the effect that we were looking for and that no weapons were located.

“As a result of police intervention and our high visibility patrols, the proactive use of stop and search has allowed us to provide reassurance in the local community.

“I would like to offer my thanks to all the residents of West Berkshire and Reading that were affected by this order and assure them that we will continue to listen to local concerns and act accordingly to keep our communities safe.

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"Although the Section 60 has now ceased, police officers will still be able to apply their ordinary stop and search powers, requiring police officers to have reasonable grounds to carry out a search where they think someone may be in possession of a weapon, controlled drugs or a tool that could be used to commit crime.

"The situation in West Berkshire and Reading will be closely monitored and if the grounds exist, a new Section 60 will be instigated and there will continue to be an increased police presence in the area to provide further reassurance.

“We will keep this under constant review over the coming days.

“With regards to the original incident in Tilehurst, I would again appeal to anybody with any information about the attack to please get in touch with police or speak to any officers that are out on patrol.”