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Issue: 14 May 2009
Quran on the Clouds
Police stood accused of misusing their 41,924 in 2006/7 (file picture of a stop Use of ordinary stop-and-search
counter-terrorism powers as latest and search) police powers also rose sharply for
figures revealed a huge rise in use of Use of the tactics rocketed in the the fourth year in a row to more than
stop-and-search powers - with only a wake of the attempted bombings a million, reaching the highest figure
tiny fraction leading to an arrest. in London’s West End in 2007, and since 1998.
The number of suspects detained almost 90 per cent of all the searches A total of 1,035,438 suspects were
and searched by police using Terrorism were carried out by the Metropolitan stopped and searched under the
Act powers more than trebled last Police, which recorded a 300 per cent Police and Criminal Evidence Act. In
year to 124,687 - equivalent to more year-on-year increase. areas where police make most use of
than 340 per day. But civil liberty campaigners and the tactic, particularly London, around
But the massive crackdown led opposition MPs warned that the one person in 19 was stopped and
to just 73 people being arrested for a vastly increased use of the powers searched last year.
terrorism offence - fewer than one in threatened to alienate large sections But it was the sheer scale of the
1,700 of those stopped. of the community and undermine trust use of counter-terrorism powers
Officers in England and Wales in Britain’s police - who are already which drew criticism.
used Terrorism Act powers to search reeling from the controversy over Out of 124,687 stopped, 1,271
124,687 people in 2007/8, up from their handling of the G20 protests. Continued on Page 3
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