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The Section 44 power allows senior officers to designate entire areas of their police force regions as stop-and-search areas. More than 100 exist in London alone, while every British train station is covered by the order. But the exact location of the Section 44 areas is known only to the Home Office, due to fear the information could be used by terrorists.
A BBC journalist was stopped recently taking photographs of St Paul's Cathedral, while Andrew White, 33, was stopped and asked to give his name and address after taking photographs of Christmas lights on his way to work in Brighton days earlier.