Thursday, December 30, 2010

Police Demand New Stop and Search Powers After Human Rights Ruling Scraps Previous Law

Police are hoping to win government backing for a new counter-terrorism power to stop and search people without the suspicion of criminal activity.

Officers say the powers are needed to better protect the public from attacks against large groups of people.

Previously, section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 allowed counter-terrorism stops without suspicion, but this was scrapped by Home Secretary Theresa May after Strasbourg judges said it was illegal.

Fearing their counter-terrorism powers are now weak, police have asked for a law which would be restricted to a specific period of time and to a limited geographic area, place or event, The Guardian reported.

The new powers would need primary legislation to become law and could be introduced within months.'


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