Thursday, December 14, 2006

More stop-and-search will not catch terrorists

Andy HaymanAssistant Metropolitan Police Commissioner Andy Hayman has said that extended police stop-and-search powers are doing damage to community relations that outweighs any counter-terrorism benefit (thanks, Steve!):

"It is very unlikely that a terrorist is going to be carrying bomb-making equipment around with them in the street.

So, I am not sure what purpose it serves, especially as it upsets so many people, with some sections of our community feeling unfairly targeted."

It seems clear that the Metropolitan Police Authority, to whom Hayman was giving evidence, will recommend that use of the powers in London be scaled back.

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