Thursday, June 10, 2010
Thousands of people have been illegally stopped and searched under counter-terrorism laws, the Home Office revealed today.
Officials are examining 40 cases where police forces across England and Wales misapplied the Terrorism Act 2000.
The Home Office said paperwork blunders meant senior officers did not get the correct authorisation to implement the law.
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A series of errors have been identified in applications by forces, including the Metropolitan Police and regional forces, between 2001 and 2008.
They include one in 2004 when the Metropolitan Police stopped 840 people even though they did not get authorisation from the Government within 48 hours.
The mistakes centre on operations where stop and search powers under section 44 of the Terrorism Act were used.
This article was posted: Thursday, June 10, 2010 at 7:32 am