DANGEROUS weapons including knuckle dusters have been seized after more than 100 people were searched by police this week.

Officers are currently allowed to stop and search anyone in a large part of Reading under powers enacted following the death of a 26 year old.

Raheem Hanif was fatally stabbed one week ago in Tilehurst on Saturday, February 6, prompting a murder investigation.

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A Section 60 order has since been in place over fears of serious violence, and allows police to search anyone without reasonable grounds.

The force said it has searched 165 people in one week.

This uncovered 'dangerous weapons' including 'bladed articles', knuckle dusters, a ball bearing gun (BB gun), Class A and Class B drugs. There have also been about 12 arrests made since the start of the order.

Superintendent Nick John, Reading local policing area commander, said: “The seizing of these dangerous weapons, and drugs, as well as arrests made show that this order justified.

“I would like to remind the people of Reading that it is in place to prevent serious violence. Just because you may be stopped does not mean you are in trouble."

Police said the section 60 order also follows an incident in the past week in which a woman was attacked in her home after burglars stormed the property on February 11. She had a laceration injury to her arm.

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The force added, yesterday (Feb 12) a man had injured his hand in an incident near to Forbury Road.

As a result, the order will continue throughout today, to be reviewed and potentially extended at 9pm today (Feb 13).

The superintendent added: "The decision has been made to extend this order until 9pm on Saturday (February 13). This is not a decision that has been taken lightly.

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“A continued police presence will be visible, as officers continue to be deployed for patrols. The aim of this order being in place is to stop incidents of serious violence from taking place, and officers have greater powers while the order is active."

The order covers a large area across Reading from Tilehurst, to Whitley Wood, and out to Emmer Green.

Anyone with information on the above incidents is asked to contact police on 101