The Section 60 Authority follows reports of an assault and two robberies in the town earlier today, Saturday October 5.

Police were called with reports that a teenage boy had been assaulted whilst in Dilks Park around 4am this morning by a group of teenage boys.

It was later reported shortly after 12.30pm, a group of four to five teenage boys approached another teenage boy and his friends whilst they were on Dalglen Drive and stole the boy's jacket.

A short time later at around 1.30pm, it was reported that a group of teenagers approached a teenager on Derwent Parade, threatened him with a knife and stole a speaker and some change.

Grays local policing team Inspector, Paul Austin, said: "We are not ruling out that these incidents are connected.

"Our main concern is keeping our community safe and preventing any more of these crimes from happening in our town.

"A Section 60 Authority is an effective tool to help officers disrupt criminal activity, take weapons off the streets and keep our community safe."

The Section will be in place from 3.05pm on Saturday 5 October, until 3.05pm on Monday 7 October.

The Section allows Constables in uniform to stop and search anyone. 

Officers continue to investigate and are appealing for anyone who witnessed today's incident.

If you saw any suspicious behaviour in the town, or have any information, contact Grays local policing team on 101 or go to Crimestoppers.