POLICE imposed a Section 60 order in an Oxfordshire town for 24 hours after a man sustained stab wounds.

The order, which began at 8pm on Tuesday, was in place in Banbury and allowed officers to stop and search anyone in a defined location.

It comes in response to two incidents on Tuesday which are being linked.

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At about 2.30pm, four males with weapons were seen travelling in a vehicle in the Bretch Hill area.

Then at around 3pm, a man attended the Horton General Hospital with stab wounds. He reported he had been assaulted in the Windrush area of the town.

A Section 60 can only be put in place in a defined area at a specific time when a senior officer believes there is a possibility of serious violence, or weapons being carried.

It covered the B4035, Woodgreen Avenue, Bretch Hill, Stratford Road, Warwick Road, Highlands, Longelandes Way, Ruscote Avenue, and the A361.

The order will be reviewed and further extended if necessary.

Inspector Nick Perks said: “Thames Valley Police will not tolerate serious violence or knife crime.

“The Section 60 order will allow our officers to search people without needing to suspect that they may be carrying weapons.

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“This will also mean that there will be an increased number of officers in the area while the order is in place. If you have any concerns or questions, please speak to an officer.

“If anyone has any information about the incidents today, you can speak to an officer, leave details on our website or call 101, quoting reference number 2250 (16/5)

“Thames Valley Police does not take the decision to enforce Section 60 lightly, however the order is in place to help the force prevent further incidents of serious violence.

“I would like to thank residents for their support while the Section 60 is in place.”

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