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UK NewsStop and search: Should government extend police powers?

19:05  13 august  2019
19:05  13 august  2019 Source:   walesonline.co.uk

Police officer critical after being stabbed with machete

Police officer critical after being stabbed with machete A police officer is in a critical condition after being stabbed "a number of times" with a machete in east London. The injured officer was able to draw his taser and subdue the suspect to protect himself from further harm, the Metropolitan Police said. A second officer was then able to arrest the suspect at the scene in Leyton. The injured policeman, who is in his 30s, was taken to hospital by ambulance and is in a critical but stable condition. The two officers had signalled for a van to stop at the Coopers Lane junction with Leyton High Road shortly after midnight on Thursday.

Police officer critical after being stabbed with machete. A police officer is in a critical condition after being stabbed "a number of times" with a machete in east London. The injured officer was able to draw his taser and subdue the suspect to protect himself from further harm, the Metropolitan Police said.

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Stop and search: Should government extend police powers? © PA File photo dated 15/09/16 of police officers

The government wants to extend stop and search powers for the police to crack down on the knife crime epidemic.

Home secretary Priti Patel argues that stop and search is "a vital tool" for officers to keep people safe.

However, others say that the policy is "counterproductive" and could damage relations between the police and communities.

The Claim

The government has lifted emergency stop and search restrictions, as part of their efforts to "crack down on violent crime".

They are making it simpler for all 43 police forces in England and Wales to stop and search someone without needing reasonable grounds for suspicion.

Malaysian police to use recording of mother's voice in missing girl search

Malaysian police to use recording of mother's voice in missing girl search Malaysian police will play a voice recording of Nora Quoirin's mother over loudspeakers as they search for the missing British teenager. Superintendent Mohd Nor Marzukee Bin Besar also said 252 people are now involved in the search for Nora. A helicopter, drones and dogs are also being used to trace the 15-year-old who has been missing since Sunday. The police chief said: "We have had a long discussion with the family to determine who Nora has the closest relationship to and whose voice she would respond strongly to. "We have decided to make a recording and use a loudspeaker.

One power available to the police is stop and search , and Home Secretary Sajid Javid has recently emphasised its importance in tackling violence The government 's Serious Violence Strategy, published in April, acknowledges that knife crime, gun crime and homicide have all risen as stop and

Stop - and - search powers have been controversial for many years, with evidence He acknowledged concerns about stop - and - search and said police officers would be as professional as possible, with many wearing body cameras. Knife crime: Should stronger stop and search powers be used?

Home secretary Priti Patel argues that stop and search works. She said: "We are experiencing a knife crime epidemic and I am determined to put a stop to it.

"Police chiefs are clear - stop and search is a vital tool in combatting the scourge of serious violence and keeping people safe.

"Today I am giving them my full support and more police authority to approve stop and search to halt this terrible crime in its tracks."

The Counterclaim

However, an editorial in the Guardian argues that stop and search is not a solution - and the government should "address the root causes instead".

They say that Johnson's approach speaks to concerns, rather than answer them. The prime minister is reverting to "a familiar and failed Conservative playbook of “hard on crime, hard on criminals” rhetoric".

Family of stabbed policeman 'incredibly proud' of 'brave' officer

Family of stabbed policeman 'incredibly proud' of 'brave' officer The family of a policeman who was stabbed in the head with a machete in east London say they are "incredibly proud of the bravery" he showed during the attack. PC Stuart Outten's relatives said in a statement: "We have been overwhelmed by the amount of support we have received from the public, Stuart's colleagues and the wider policing family. "We are incredibly proud of the bravery Stuart showed during the incident. "His injuries could have been fatal and we are thankful that he is stable and recovering in hospital with his loved ones around him.

The consultation proposes extending powers so that police can stop and search individuals carrying corrosive substances in public without good reason. Officers should be confident to use stop and search – proportionately and respectfully – because it’s an important investigative tool.

Police stop - and - search powers are to be extended Credit: Joe Giddens/PA. But shadow home security Diane Abbott said extending Section 60 It comes just days after a police officer received multiple stab wounds after being attacked with a machete in east London. Writing in The Mail on

The Guardian writes: "Like his pledge to create 10,000 more prison places, or his earlier promise to recruit 20,000 more police officers, his announcement reeks of electioneering."

Stop and search can be damaging to police relations with communities, and the editorial argues that the policy is "counterproductive".

They conclude: "Extending stop and search powers, while paying only lip service to tackling the causes of crime, is “a tried-and-tested recipe for unrest, not violence reduction”, as the shadow home secretary, Diane Abbott, warned – and as Mr Johnson’s own experience should tell him."

The Facts

A police officer has the power to stop and search you if they have "reasonable grounds" to suspect you are carrying a weapon, illegal drugs, stolen property, or something which you could use to commit a crime (such as a crowbar).

They need approval from a senior police officer to stop and search you without reasonable grounds; and then, it could only happen if they believe a serious crime could take place, you are carrying a weapon or have used one, or you are in a specific location or area.

One week on – Police reveal increasing concerns for the safety of Nora Quoirin

One week on – Police reveal increasing concerns for the safety of Nora Quoirin Malaysian police are becoming more worried about Nora Quoirin as they are struggling to find clues about her disappearance. Nora, 15, went missing from rented accommodation where she was staying with her family. The house is located approximately an hour outside of Kuala Lumpur and was surrounded by dense forest, where a search team has […]

The government is today empowering more officers to authorise enhanced stop and search powers as part of continued action to tackle knife crime.

Police powers of stop and search : summary of consultation responses and conclusions. The consultation period has been extended and now runs until 24 September 2013. Stop and search consultation Home Office Police Transparency Unit 6th Floor Fry Building 2 Marsham Street London

There were 277,378 stop and searches in England and Wales in 2017/18 - at a rate of five per 1,000 people. This is down from 23 per 1,000 people in 2009/10.

Black people were nine and a half times as likely to be stopped and searched as white people in 2017/18. There were three stop and searches for every 1,000 white people, compared to 29 stop and searches for every 1,000 black people.

Analysis from the Guardian found that in London, where 15.6 per cent of the population is black and 59.8 per cent is white, 43 per cent of searches were of black people, while 35.5 per cent were of white people.

According to Full Fact, stop and searches are more likely than ever to result in an arrest. Around 17 per cent of searches resulted in arrests, and 13 per cent resulted in another kind of action in 2017/18.

In 2010, nine per cent of police stop and searches resulted in an arrest.

Government figures also show that stop and searches resulted in almost 7,000 arrests for offensive weapons and 900 arrests for firearms.

Malaysian police end search for forensic clues into Nóra's death.
The search for forensic clues in the disappearance and death of Irish teenager Nóra Quoirin in the Malaysian rainforest has been stood down. 

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