Stop and search in operation at Ilford station

Ilford station. Picture: Paul Bennett

Ilford station. Picture: Paul Bennett - Credit: Archant

Stop and search will be in operation at Ilford station this evening.

Police officers will be at the station, as well as at Stratford and Lewisham stations, and have the power to stop and search people anywhere within the stations and within a 200m radius outside them.

The order, known as a section 60, came into force at 4pm today (Friday) and will last until 7am tomorrow (Saturday).

Supt Paul Langley said: “Throughout this evening, passengers and rail staff can expect to see a higher than usual number of officers at these stations.

“The decision has not been taken lightly and is in response to a number of highly concerning incidents on the rail network, involving weapons or violence.

“Today is one step in our fight back against violence and knife crime, and I hope that the majority of passengers will be reassured by the presence of my officers.”

People who see something that concerns them are asked to contact British Transport Police by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40.