Following reports of four robberies in the Skelmersdale area in the past four days, whereby a knife has been used and several of the offenders have worn clothing in such a manner as to cover their faces to avoid being identified, a Section 60 and 60AA has been granted between 15:00hrs and 03:00hrs by Chief Constable Rhodes for the area depicted on the map in the photo.
The area is bounded by the following:
Glenburn Road, Half Mile Island, Houghtons Road, Stannanought Road, Windmill Roundabout, Grimshaw Road, Hope Island back onto Glenburn Road.
Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 allows senior police officers to authorise constables to stop and search persons in a specific area, either where a serious public order problem is likely to arise or has taken place, or for offensive weapons or dangerous instruments. Failing to submit to a search is an offence.
Section 60AA of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 provides powers to require the removal of disguises at public order events where a section 60 authorisation is in force or an authorisation is given under this section.
If anyone has any information about any of the incidents please call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111