The 24 hour Section 60 order first introduced on Friday last week to give police extended 'stop and search' powers across the Slough borough has now been extended again until tomorrow - when it will have been in force a week.

This order and the previous orders were put in place following two knife attacks - one fatal. A 15-year-old boy has been charged with murder and a 17-year-old with grievous bodily harm.

Deputy LPA Commander Chief Inspector Lee Barnham said: "Since the Section 60 order was put in place on Friday officers have carried out over 250 searches within the Borough of Slough.

"A total of 13 arrests have been made so far for offences including possession of weapons, robbery and possession of controlled substances. Arrests and charges have also been made in the ongoing investigations which led to the instigation of the Section 60 order.

"We appreciate that members of the community may be concerned by these recent events, but we would like to reassure the public that these incidents are taken extremely seriously and the enactment of the Section 60 Orders are one of the measures we are taking to keep our local residents safe."

"If anyone wishes to report information to the police please speak to one our officers or please get in touch by calling 101 or make a report online."

"Alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

*The police can stop and talk to members of the public at any time.

For the police to carry out a stop and search they have to follow a set of guidelines called the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) Codes of Practice which make sure that the police have reasonable grounds for carrying out a search and do so in a way that is not biased towards a particular person or group.

Section 60 is a little bit different and is the order currently in place in Slough. Section 60 orders are being used to deal with the rise in serious violence and particularly knife crime.

Under Section 60 the police can stop and search you whether they have reasonable grounds to search you or not.

What are my rights?

If you are searched either under a Section 60 order or Stop and Search the officer will tell you why they are searching you, what they are looking for, tell you their name and where they work and will also ask you if you want a copy of the search record.