Police could be set to extend the dispersal order in force in Swadlincote after two alleged stabbings.

Derbyshire police have been granted power to enforce the order, which came into force in the town at 4pm on Wednesday and runs until 4pm today (Friday).

It allows police to disperse people from parts of Swadlincote and take anyone aged under 16 back to their home if they are involved in antisocial behaviour.

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The powers were granted after two alleged stabbings in Swadlincote in the last week, the first of which was said to have happened before the tragic death of 17-year-old Benjamin Orton on Saturday.

A dispersal order can be authorised for a maximum of 48 hours, but upon expiry, police can add a further period of up to 48 hours if necessary.

A spokesman for Derbyshire Constabulary said "Some residents have voiced concerns that people wishing to cause trouble in the town may simply move to areas not covered by the order.

"Rest assured that if we feel there is a risk within other areas, we will consider introducing dispersal orders to those areas too.

"If we have specific information to suggest someone is planning to become involved in any act of violence, we will take action to disrupt this.

A Swadlincote map
The map shows the area in Swadlincote covered by the dispersal order

"Parents have asked us if we are engaging with schools in the area about knife crime and we are.

"There is a rolling programme of knife crime education in schools across the county and many young people in South Derbyshire have already participated in this.

"This type of education is not only delivered by the police. Parents should contact their schools directly as schools may have plans in place already.

"We have also been asked whether stop searches are being carried out. Section one of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 gives police constables the power to stop and search anyone in a public place where the officer has reasonable grounds to suspect that certain prohibited items – in this case weapons – will be found.

"The officer will relay the grounds for the search to the person being searched, which will be specific to those individual circumstances. Stop and search is a useful tool and we will use it in line with the legislation.

"We have increased patrols in the town so if you see our officers and you want to speak to them, please stop them for a chat."

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Benjamin Orton, 17, died at The Pipeworks retail park, Swadlincote, after an alleged assault on Saturday, June 12. He suffered stab wounds before his death.

A 20-year-old man he was with suffered serious injuries and is currently in hospital.

A 16- and a 17-year-old have appeared at Derby Court Crown charged with Benjamin's murder and the attempted murder of the 20-year-old man.

The 16-year-old also faces a charge of possession of an offensive weapon.

A third teenager, also 17, has been granted bail, having been charged with assisting an offender and perverting the course of justice.

None of the suspects have entered any pleas to the charges and further court dates have yet to be set.

On Tuesday, June 15, a 19-year-old man allegedly suffered stab wounds in Eureka Park and was airlifted to hospital, where, as of yesterday, he remained in a stable condition.

A 17-year-old, who cannot be identified because he is not yet 18, appeared at Derby Magistrates' Court to deny the charge of attempted murder.

He will remain in custody until his trial at Derby Crown Court on Thursday, July 15.

Police have not yet confirmed whether the two incidents are linked.