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    No terror arrests in 100,000 stop and searches

    Not a single person stopped and searched under anti-terror laws was then arrested for suspected terror offences despite police using the power more than 100,000 times last year.

    Just one in 200 people stopped were arrested at all and always for unrelated alleged crimes.

    Civil liberty campaigners said the controversial power was a "crude and blunt instrument" that has been used to bully and hassle members of the public.

    Theresa May, the Home Secretary, stopped the power, made under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000, being used on people in the summer after the European Court of Human Rights ruled that it was illegal.

    It can still be used to search vehicles but that is also now under review as part of the Government's broader reassessment of counterterror legislation.

    Under section 44, officers were allowed to stop and search anyone in a designated area without having to show reasonable suspicion and has led to the police being accused of abusing it to stop anyone, including protesters and photographers, under the guise of preventing terrorism.

    It was used a total of 101,248 times in 2009/10 and resulted in 506 arrests, but none were related to suspect terrorism, the Home Office figures showed.

    That was down substantial on the previous years record high of more than 250,000 stops but was still the equivalent of someone being stopped every six minutes.

    The full story available from here : No terror arrests in 100,000 stop and searches - Telegraph

    Alex Deane, director of Big Brother Watch, put it rather well when he said: "Rather than a genuine counter-terrorism tool, random stop and search has been a way of bullying and hassling our increasingly abject population." Yet another Labour-inspired law designed to control the electorate bites the dust!
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    Re: No terror arrests in 100,000 stop and searches

    Quote Originally Posted by Midas View Post
    Not a single person stopped and searched under anti-terror laws was then arrested for suspected terror offences despite police using the power more than 100,000 times last year.

    Just one in 200 people stopped were arrested at all and always for unrelated alleged crimes.

    Civil liberty campaigners said the controversial power was a "crude and blunt instrument" that has been used to bully and hassle members of the public.

    Theresa May, the Home Secretary, stopped the power, made under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000, being used on people in the summer after the European Court of Human Rights ruled that it was illegal.

    It can still be used to search vehicles but that is also now under review as part of the Government's broader reassessment of counterterror legislation.

    Under section 44, officers were allowed to stop and search anyone in a designated area without having to show reasonable suspicion and has led to the police being accused of abusing it to stop anyone, including protesters and photographers, under the guise of preventing terrorism.

    It was used a total of 101,248 times in 2009/10 and resulted in 506 arrests, but none were related to suspect terrorism, the Home Office figures showed.

    That was down substantial on the previous years record high of more than 250,000 stops but was still the equivalent of someone being stopped every six minutes.

    The full story available from here : No terror arrests in 100,000 stop and searches - Telegraph

    Alex Deane, director of Big Brother Watch, put it rather well when he said: "Rather than a genuine counter-terrorism tool, random stop and search has been a way of bullying and hassling our increasingly abject population." Yet another Labour-inspired law designed to control the electorate bites the dust!
    I cannot get excited at this situation. I haven't personally ever been stopped and searched, and wonder what causes many to be so dealt with.

    I wonder that if none were stopped that crime would escalate?

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    Re: No terror arrests in 100,000 stop and searches

    While I think stop and searches do have a place, that place is not in countering terrorism, rather countering street crime (such as knife crime) late at night in high risk areas.

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