Police have been granted additional stop and search powers in parts of Timperley after two knife incidents this week.
The temporary powers allow police to conduct ‘no suspicion’ stop and searches for offensive weapons under Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.
The powers came into force at 4pm today and apply to the area of Park Road around Timperley Metrolink and the area close to Navigation Road station.
Other areas covered by the powers include the Metrolink route between Navigation Road and St Werburgh’s Road stops via Trafford Bar, and Ayres Road near Old Trafford station.
The powers will be in force until midnight tonight.
Police say the action follows separate robberies involving a young man and a young woman since Sunday.
Both incidents involved a knife, but no-one was injured. The police haven’t said exactly where the incidents took place.
A statement from the police read: “We understand the use of a Section 60 can cause concern, however, we use these powers when receiving intelligence that there is an increased risk of violence in the areas outlined.
“Our priority is to keep the public safe and you will see an increased amount of officers patrolling the area over this week.
“If you have information about weapons or suspicious activity, get in touch. We can be contacted by Live Chat on our website gmp.police.uk.
“Alternatively, call the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111. They will not ask for your name or trace your call.”
Section 60 powers were last enacted in the Altrincham area after the stabbing of Rico Burton in Goose Green in August.