Met Police have issued a section 60 and a section 60AA CJPO authority for the Wandsworth wards which is in response to a unlicensed rave in east and west Putney.

A statement posted online by the Met Police said: "Inspector Shickle has authorised a section 60 and section 60AA CJPO authority for the Wandsworth wards of Thamesfield, East Putney, West Putney and Palace Riverside from 2:30 am to 5:30pm on Sunday the 23rd of February.

"This is in response to an unlicensed music event in the locality and information that suggested individuals attending the event may be in possession of weapons."

A Section 60 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 (S60) gives police the right to search people in a defined area during a specific time period when they believe, with good reason, that:

  • Serious violence will take place and it is necessary to use this power to prevent such violence
  • A person is carrying a dangerous object or offensive weapon
  • An incident involving serious violence has taken place and a dangerous instrument or offensive weapon used in the incident is being carried in the locality.
  • It requires the authority of a senior officer.

Due to the seriousness of last nights events Met Police have also issued a section S60AA CJPO authority which is deemed as an urgent requirement.

This means that an officer of the rank of Inspector or higher will contact the on-call Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) or higher, for immediate authority.

The form of contact can either be verbal and confirmed in writing and would be done as soon as possible.

A section 60AA CJPO would only be issued in wholly exceptional circumstances and where the ACC or higher officer cannot be immediately contacted should an ‘Inspectors’ urgent authority be used.