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Stop and searches in Rusholme increased after series of violent robberies

  • Police officers in Rusholme have had increased powers to stop and search over the bank holiday weekend
  • After a serious of violent robberies of delivery drivers on mopeds
  • Three teenage boys between the ages of 16 and 17 have been arrested

Police officers increased stop searches in Rusholme this weekend following multiple reports about violent robberies of delivery drivers on mopeds.

The stop searches were in place this bank holiday from 6pm Sunday 30th April until 6am Monday 1st May.

Highlighted area in which stop and search powers have been increased.
The area that stop and search powers have been increased, credit: GMP.

What is Section 60?

Officers can stop search anyone in a defined area at a specific time and those carrying offensive weapons will be prosecuted.

It follows multiple incidents reported to police involving violent robberies of delivery drivers on mopeds in the area.

Superintendent Muzemil Kernain, of GMP’s City of Manchester district said, “We’ve made the decision to authorise Section 60 powers to prevent violence and keep people safe.”

“Violence is completely unacceptable and will simply not be tolerated and I hope that by bringing in these preventative measures

“It will clearly demonstrate to the community that we are committed to tackling this type of reckless crime.

“Alongside increased stop searches, we have deployed extra uniformed officers who will be proactively patrolling hotspot areas.”

Why has Section 60 been put in place?

This comes after Saturday April 29th officers in Rusholme arrested three teenage boys between the ages of 16 and 17 on suspicion of robbery.

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Tweet from GMP.

Officers believe that a group of teenage boys have been targeting delivery riders whilst they were delivering food by assaulting them and knocking them off their bikes before stealing the mopeds.