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Police have asked the government for a new counter-terrorism power to stop and search people without having to suspect them of involvement in crime, the Guardian has learned.
Senior officers have told the government the new law is needed to better protect the public against attempted attacks on large numbers of people, and are hopeful they can win ministers' backing.
Britain is facing a double terror threat for the first time in a decade. Counter-terrorism officials believe the risk of att
Stop and search under terror laws unlawful, Europe rules
Under the Terrorism Act 2000, officers can stop and search anyone in a designated area without having to show reasonable suspicion for doing so.
The policy, which saw more than a quarter of a million stops last year, has led to accusations the police are abusing the power to stop anyone, including protesters or photographers, under the guise of preventing terrorism.
But the tactic may now have to be abandoned after the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) said it breached the right to privacy.
No terror arrests from stop-and-search, says government
Not one person stopped and searched under anti-terrorism powers in Britain was arrested for terrorism-related offences last year, figures show.
The Home Office statistics also showed no terror suspects had been held in custody before charge for longer than 14 days since 2007.
In all, 101,248 people were stopped and searched in England, Wales and Scotland under Section 44 of the Terrorism Act.
Of the 506 arrests that resulted, none was terrorism-related.
Originally posted by ModernAcademia
What are your thoughts on this?
In a place where CCTV records you 300 times a day and police already have alot of power what do you UKers think about this?