Police are making unjustified and ‘almost certainly’ illegal searches of white people to provide ‘racial balance’ to Government figures.
Lord Carlile, the independent reviewer of terror laws, said he knew of cases where suspects were stopped by officers even though there was no evidence against them.
He warned that police were wasting time and money by carrying out these ‘self-evidently unmerited searches’ which were an invasion of civil liberties and ‘almost certainly unlawful’.
The searches of, for example, ‘blonde women’ who fit no terrorist profile come against a backdrop of complaints from rights groups that the number of black and Muslim people being stopped by police is disproportionate.
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Lord Carlile suggests whites are being needlessly stopped in order to balance the books.
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Last year, the number of whites searched under anti-terror laws rocketed by 185 per cent, from 25,962 to 73,967.
Whites made up around two-thirds of all those stopped, although, compared to the overall population, blacks and Asians remain far more likely to be stopped and searched.
Lord Carlile, a Liberal Democrat peer and QC, condemned the wrongful use of Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 in his annual report on anti-terror laws.