Police have been given special powers in response to an incident which saw two men attacked with a baton in Thornhill. 

Additional stop and search powers have been authorised after an assault on two men in their 30s yesterday (May 10).

The force says the men were injured when they were hit with a baton after being confronted by two teenagers. 

The incident took place just before 7pm. 

A machete was also reported to have been seen during the incident, though no one was stabbed. 

A 16-year-old from Southampton has been arrested on suspicion of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.

The stop and search powers, which are allowed under Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, have been authorised in the Thornhill and Hightown area. 

They will last until 11pm tonight.

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Officers have conducted additional patrols and are making enquiries in the area.

Inspector Tim Boennic said: "While I know the local community will be concerned to learn of this incident, I want to reassure you all that a full investigation is underway, and we will ensure we focus our patrols in the area throughout the weekend.

"The people involved are known to each other, and we do not believe there to be a wider threat to the public.

"Section 60 powers allow officers to stop and search anyone in an area where there has either been serious violence or that it is believed serious violence may occur imminently. 

"If you have any concerns or questions, then please do approach officers in the area, who will be happy to speak with you and discuss any issues."