Stop and search: How successful is the police tactic? – BBC News

Posted April 5th, 2018 in firearms, news, offensive weapons, police, statistics, stop and search by sally

‘The claim: Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott told Radio 4’s Today programme there was no evidence the old “indiscriminate” stop and search regime was an effective tool when it came to tackling gun and knife crime.’

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BBC News, 4th April 2018

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Stop and search harms fight against knife crime, Met officer says – The Guardian

Posted March 14th, 2018 in drug offences, London, news, offensive weapons, police, stop and search by sally

‘Stop and search for suspected minor drug crimes such as cannabis possession is hampering the Metropolitan police’s ability to tackle London’s knife crime epidemic by souring relationships with the public, the chair of the Metropolitan Black Police Association has said.’

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The Guardian, 13th March 2018

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Female prison inmates subject to ‘excessive strip-searching’ despite many being victims of sexual abuse – The Independent

Posted January 24th, 2018 in news, prisons, stop and search, women by tracey

‘Female prisoners are being subject to “excessive strip-searching” despite evidence that the process can risk retraumatising vulnerable women, many of whom will have experienced sexual or physical abuse.’

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The Independent, 23rd January 2018

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Sadiq Khan to ‘significantly increase’ stop and search in London – The Independent

Posted January 11th, 2018 in crime prevention, investigatory powers, London, news, police, stop and search by tracey

‘There will be a “significant increase” in targeted stop and searches by police in London as part of efforts to combat rising violent crime, Sadiq Khan has said.’

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The Independent, 10th January 2018

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Stop and search eight times more likely to target black people – The Guardian

‘The racial gap in the use of stop and search by police has grown in the past year, leaving black people eight times more likely to be targeted by officers than white people.’

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The Guardian, 26th October 2017

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Campaign group chief found guilty of refusing to divulge passwords – The Guardian

Posted September 26th, 2017 in conditional discharge, costs, news, police, stop and search, terrorism by sally

‘The international director of the campaign organisation Cage has been convicted of a terrorist offence after refusing to hand over passwords to his mobile phone and laptop.’

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The Guardian, 25th September 2017

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Amber Rudd backs Met police chief on use of stop and search – The Guardian

Posted August 10th, 2017 in news, offensive weapons, police, race discrimination, stop and search by tracey

‘The home secretary, Amber Rudd, has backed the Metropolitan police commissioner over the use of stop and search in tackling rising knife crime in a move that marks a change in tone since Theresa May was in the Home Office.’

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The Guardian, 9th August 2017

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Stop and search is not used fairly, most young BAME people believe – The Guardian

‘Three-quarters of young black and minority ethnic (BAME) people believe they and their communities are being targeted unfairly by stop and search despite a steep decline in the use of the controversial tactic, according to new research.’

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The Guardian, 29th June 2017

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More than 5,000 children have been strip-searched, figures reveal – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 31st, 2016 in children, compensation, news, statistics, stop and search, Wales by sally

‘More than 5,000 children have been strip-searched by police in two years, figures revealed, as South Wales Police paid compensation to an innocent 12-year-old who was searched without escort.’

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Daily Telegraph, 30th October 2016

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Police satisfied with stop and search reform despite racial inequality – The Guardian

Posted October 28th, 2016 in minorities, news, police, stop and search by sally

‘Police believe they have done enough to avert the government’s threat to pass new laws outlawing the abuse of stop and search powers, despite new figures showing that black people are six times more likely to be targeted by officers than white people.’

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The Guardian, 27th October 2016

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Stop and search: Police training aims to raise standards – BBC News

Posted October 27th, 2016 in education, news, police, race discrimination, racism, stop and search by sally

‘New standards and training for police officers using stop and search are to be rolled out across England and Wales.’

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BBC News, 27th October 2016

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UK failing on many human rights measures, report claims – The Guardian

Posted September 22nd, 2016 in children, human rights, news, prisons, refugees, reports, stop and search, United Nations by sally

‘The UK has failed to meet many human rights recommendations made by the United Nations and should do more to prevent prison overcrowding, tackle hate crimes and restrict stop and search powers, a coalition of 175 civil society organisations claims.’

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The Guardian, 22nd September 2016

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Stop and search still targets black people, police watchdog says – The Guardian

Posted September 22nd, 2016 in inquiries, news, police, race discrimination, racism, reports, stop and search by sally

‘Police stops of black people are still at an “eye-watering” level compared with white people, the official police watchdog said today and promised a fresh inquiry into every force’s use of the controversial powers.’

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The Guardian, 21st September 2016

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London 2011 riots: Stop and search change ‘led to knife crime’ – BBC News

‘It is “highly likely” a drop in police stop and search usage has led to a rise in knife crime, a member of the panel which advised the government following the 2011 riots has said.’

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BBC News, 4th August 2016

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Police stop-and-search rules to apply to vehicle stops – BBC News

Posted March 29th, 2016 in codes of practice, news, police, reports, road traffic, stop and search by sally

‘Rules governing police stop and search in England and Wales are to be extended to vehicle stops made under the Road Traffic Act, the Home Office says.’

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BBC News, 26th March 2016

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Stop and search controversy continues – the Round-up – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted March 23rd, 2016 in crime prevention, human rights, minorities, news, stop and search by tracey

‘According to research released by the Home Office, large increases in stop and search operations have no discernible effect on crime reduction. The official study examined crime rates across 10 London boroughs in the first year of Operation Blunt 2, which led to a surge in the number of searches from 34,154 in the year before to 123,335 in 2008/2009.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 22nd March 2016

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Do initiatives involving substantial increases in stop and search reduce crime? Assessing the impact of Operation BLUNT 2 – Home Office

‘This study assesses the impact on crime of the Metropolitan Police’s Operation BLUNT 2, which ran from May 2008 to April 2011.’

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Home Office, 17th March 2016

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Mass stop and search by police doesn’t reduce crime, says study – The Guardian

‘The use of large “surge” stop-and-search operations by the police has no discernible effect in reducing crime, according to newly released Home Office research. The study looks at the mass use of stop and search by London’s Metropolitan police to tackle knife crime in 2008/09, at a time when officers were carrying out one search every 20 seconds on average nationwide.’

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The Guardian, 17th March 2016

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UK police forces ‘still abusing stop and search powers’ – The Guardian

Posted February 11th, 2016 in news, police, race discrimination, stop and search by sally

‘Most of Britain’s police forces are still failing to obey rules to prevent abuse of their stop and search powers, according to the police regulator, raising the prospect that the government will legislate to force them to do so.’

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The Guardian, 11th February 2016

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Stop Powers under the Terrorism Act 2000 incompatible with Article 10 – UK Human Rights Blog

‘On Tuesday the Court of Appeal handed down its judgment on David Miranda’s detention under the Terrorism Act 2000 and, while upholding the lawfulness of the detention in the immediate case, ruled that the stop powers under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act lack sufficient legal safeguards to be in line with Article 10.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 21st January 2016

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