Archive for the 'stop and search' Category

Two new control orders imposed in past three months, Theresa May announces – The Guardian

“Two new control orders have been imposed on suspected terrorists by the home secretary, Theresa May, in the past three months despite an intense coalition debate over whether they should be scrapped, the Home Office has disclosed.”

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The Guardian, 17th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Stop and search numbers fall after change to counterterrorism powers – The Guardian

“The number of stops and searches by police under controversial counterterrorism laws has fallen sharply since the government curtailed the scope of the powers.”

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The Guardian, 24th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

DNA profiles to be deleted from police database – The Guardian

“Profiles of thousands of innocent people on national database will be removed as new freedoms bill scales back state intrusion.”

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The Guardian, 11th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Freedom Bill signals common sense approach to public protection – Home Office

“Millions of people will be protected from unwarranted state intrusion in their private lives, the Home Secretary has outlined in today’s Protection of Freedoms Bill.”

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Home Office, 11th February 2011

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Liberty attacks new school search powers for phones – BBC News

“New search powers being given to schools over mobile phones are more suitable for terror inquiries, human rights pressure group Liberty says.”

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BBC News, 4th February 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Changes to counter terrorism powers recommended – Home Office

“New measures to restore civil liberties while continuing to protect the public from terrorism have today been outlined by Theresa May.”

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Home Office, 26th January 2011

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Police warned over stop and search powers – The Independent

“Two police forces have been warned they could face enforcement action over their ‘disproportionate’ use of stop and search powers.”

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The Independent, 30th November 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Theresa May drops plans for stop-and-search laws targeting ethnic minorities – The Guardian

“Controversial plan to bring back police ‘sus’ stop-and-search laws targeting black and Asian people axed by Theresa May.”

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The Guardian, 18th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Stop and search powers to change – Home Office

“New proposals laid in parliament today will save an estimated 800,000 hours of police time each year.”

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Home Office, 17th November 2010

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Stop and search plans are ‘discriminatory’, watchdog warns – The Guardian

“Government plans allowing police to stop people on the grounds of skin colour are discriminatory and amount to racial profiling, the official equalities body has warned ministers.”

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The Guardian, 15th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Terrorism Act: No terror arrests made after 100,000 stop-and-searches – Daily Telegraph

“Out of more than 100,000 people stopped and searched by police using controversial anti-terror powers not one single arrest was made for terrorism-related offences, new figures show.”

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Daily Telegraph, 28th October 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Black people are 26 times more likely than whites to face stop and search – The Guardian

“Black people are 26 times more likely than white people to be stopped and searched by police in England and Wales, the most glaring example of ‘racial profiling’ researchers have seen, according to an international report.”

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The Guardian, 17th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Anti-terrorism stop and search powers dropped – Daily Telegraph

“Anti-terror stop and search powers that allow police to search individuals even without reasons for suspicion have been effectively abandoned.”

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Daily Telegraph, 8th July 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Teachers to be given new powers to crack down on nuisance pupils – The Guardian

“Teachers will get tougher powers to deal with unruly pupils in a ‘zero tolerance’ crackdown on nuisance in the classroom, ministers will announce today.”

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The Guardian, 7th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Judges reject government appeal over stop-and-search – BBC News

“The Home Office says it is reviewing counter-terrorism laws after a European court decided the government could not appeal against a ruling that said random stop and searches were illegal.”

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BBC News, 1st July 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Kingsnorth protesters compensated for unlawful police search – Daily Telegraph

“Three people, including 13-year-old twins, are to be paid compensation by police after they were stopped and searched unlawfully at a climate camp demonstration.”

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Daily Telegraph, 11th June 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Thousands of anti-terror searches were illegal – BBC News

“Thousands of people across the UK might have been stopped and searched illegally, figures released by the Home Office suggest.”

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BBC News, 10th June 2010

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Equalities watchdog rebukes police over disproportionate use of stop and search – The Guardian

“Five police forces could face legal action after the equalities watchdog issued a final warning over their disproportionate use of stop-and-search powers against people from ethnic minorities.”

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The Guardian, 2nd June 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Comedian Mark Thomas wins £1,200 over police search – The Guardian

“Police have paid compensation and apologised to the comedian and activist Mark Thomas after they admitted unlawfully searching him for looking ‘over-confident’ at a demonstration.”

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The Guardian, 19th April 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Police could face legal action over ‘unfair’ searches – The Independent

“Police forces were threatened with legal action today as the Government’s equality watchdog said black and Asian Britons were still being unfairly targeted for stop and searches.”

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The Independent, 15th March 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Police forces face threat of ‘racist’ label over stop and searches – The Guardian

“Equalities watchdog warns of enforcement action against forces that excessively target people from ethnic minorities.”

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The Guardian, 10th March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Police stop and search ‘not cutting knife crime’, new figures suggest – The Guardian

“There is little connection between the use of stop and search powers by the ­Metropolitan police and reductions in knife crime, according to new figures ­analysed by a leading criminologist.”

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The Guardian, 24th January 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Kent police admit unlawful stop and search of twins, 11 – BBC News

“The stop and search of 11-year-old twins at the Kingsnorth Climate Camp was unlawful, Kent police have admitted at London’s High Court.”

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BBC News, 12th January 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Stop-and-search powers ruled illegal by European court – BBC News

“Police powers to use terror laws to stop and search people without grounds for suspicion are illegal, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled.”

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BBC News, 12th Janaury 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Police ‘should have reason to stop pictures being taken’ – The Independent

“Police officers should not use counter-terrorism laws to stop people taking photographs in public, a senior officer insisted yesterday.”

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The Independent, 15th December 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Big fall in police use of stop-and search powers after outcry – The Guardian

“Home office figures show that only tiny proportion of anti-terror searches lead to arrests.”

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The Guardian, 26th November 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Terror Act used on climate activist – The Independent

“Terror legislation was used to stop a British climate change activist from travelling to Denmark, it has emerged.”

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The Independent, 15th October 2009

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Police investigated over stop and search of man and children under terror law – The Guardian

“Two police officers are under investigation after using anti-terror stop-and-search powers against a man and two young children in a south London street.”

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The Guardian, 10th September 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Police force admits errors over intimate body search figures – The Guardian

“A police force has been rebuked by the Home Office after admitting that its statistics for intimate body searches going back to 2000 are misleading.”

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The Guardian, 18th August 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Drug charity director sues after he is wrongly targeted by sniffer dogs – Daily Telegraph

“A drugs charity director is suing British Transport Police after he was wrongly targeted by sniffer dogs at an Underground station.”

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Daily Telegraph, 4th August 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

‘Terror Act search was Orwellian’ – BBC News

“Police officers are trying to racially balance official figures in the way they select people to search under terrorism laws, it has been suggested.”

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BBC News, 17th June 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Terror watchdog in search warning – BBC News

“The UK’s terror law watchdog says people are being stopped and searched to racially balance official figures.”

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BBC News, 17th June 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Knife crime down as police hail stop and search – The Times

“The Metropolitan Police have stopped and searched 24,000 young people every month over the past year in an operation that is cutting teenage knife crime and violence.”

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The Times, 19th May 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Stop-and-search powers limited by the Met Police after bias claim – The Times

“Britain’s biggest police force has agreed to limit its use of controversial stop-and-search powers after critics claimed it was discriminating against minority groups.”

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The Times, 8th May 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Court says police can be challenged on ‘stop and search’ powers – The Guardian

“Lawyers acting for young twins ‘stopped and searched’ at an environmental protest were granted permission to challenge police powers in the high court today after judges ruled the proper policing of large demonstrations was in the public interest.”

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The Guardian, 6th May 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Capital sees rise in terror stops – BBC News

“Somebody in London is stopped and searched every three minutes, according to new figures obtained by BBC London.”

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BBC News, 6th May 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Police ‘terror searches’ treble – BBC News

“Police stopped and searched three times as many people under anti-terrorism powers in 2007/8 compared to the year before, Home Office figures reveal.”

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BBC News, 30th April 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Stop and search cuts gun and knife crime – The Times

“Targeted stop-and-search tactics are an effective way to cut gun and knife crime, research suggests.”

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The Times, 16th March 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Fears over stop and search powers – BBC News

“Metropolitan Police officers are stopping and searching too many innocent people using powers designed for fighting terrorism, it is claimed.”

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BBC News, 23rd January 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Police seek new rights for searching rail passengers – The Guardian

“Passengers who buy a London train or tube ticket would automatically be giving their consent to be searched, under proposals now under consideration.”

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The Guardian, 13th January 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

MP stopped and search under anti-terror laws for taking pictures – The Guardian

“An MP has been stopped and searched by police officers under anti-terror laws after he was seen taking photographs near a railway station.”

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The Guardian, 7th January 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Photographers criminalised as police ‘abuse’ anti-terror laws – The Independent

“Fury as stop-and-search powers are used to block and confiscate legal pictures.”

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The Independent, 6th January 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Met defends stop-and-search tactics as it claims limited success in reducing knife crime – The Guardian

“The Metropolitan police yesterday claimed a limited success in the fight against knife crime, citing a 12% fall in incidents since May, but at the price of long-term resentment over the widespread use of stop-and-search needed to achieve it.”

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The Guardian, 18th November 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Steep rise in ‘stop and search’ complaints – The Independent

“The number of complaints made about ‘stop and search’ incidents have [sic] risen by nearly a quarter, the police watchdog said today.”

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The Independent, 25th September 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Plan to phase out complex police forms by end of 2009 – The Independent

“Controversial forms which police have to fill in every time they stop someone in the street should be phased out by the end of next year, a Home Office minister said today.”

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The Independent, 4th September 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Stop and search: the hunt for Britain’s knives – The Independent

“Nine black and Asian teenagers have been stabbed in London so far this year. Andrew Johnson reports.”

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The Independent, 1st June 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Police snap children during stop and search – The Guardian

“Scotland Yard has admitted its officers have been photographing children who are stopped and searched even after they have been found to be innocent.”

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The Guardian, 16th May 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Met extends powers to stop and search youths – The Guardian

“Police officers in London were last night using powers that allow them to stop and search youths without having reasonable suspicion in an attempt to stem the tide of stabbing deaths on the capital’s streets.”

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The Guardian, 14th May 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Head teachers to get powers to ‘stop and search’ for drugs – The Times

“Schools are set to to be given further powers to search pupils for drugs, alcohol and stolen goods to help head teachers to enforce discipline among the most disruptive students.”

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The Times, 28th March 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Red tape on stop and search to be cut – The Times

“Form-filling by police officers who stop and search people on the streets is to be drastically reduced under plans to be announced next week to reduce the red tape in policing.”

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The Times, 31st January 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

New stop and search powers planned – Daily Telegraph

“Home Secretary Jacqui Smith is to overhaul stop and search powers in a bid to tackle rising gun and knife crime.”

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Daily Telegraph, 30th January 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk 

Police terror checks broke rules – BBC News

“Police officers at Britain’s second biggest airport made unauthorised terrorism stops and searches, the Home Office has revealed.”

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BBC News, 12th December 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Only 1 in 400 anti-terror stop and searches leads to arrest – The Guardian

“Only one in every 400 stop and searches carried out under sweeping anti-terrorism laws leads to an arrest, official figures released yesterday reveal, triggering fresh pressure on the government and police over the controversial tactic.”

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The Guardian, 31st Octoner 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Stop and search ‘race gap’ grows – BBC News

“Black people were almost seven times more likely than white people to be stopped and searched by police last year, according to official figures.”

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BBC News, 30th October 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Police: stop and search more black suspects – Daily Telegraph

“A black police leader has reignited controversy in one of the most sensitive areas of British policing by suggesting that more people from ethnic minorities must be stopped and searched to tackle violent crime.”

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd October 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk


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