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Police stop 180,000 people under draconian laws but only 255 arrested
Posted By admin On February 12, 2009 @ 8:48 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled
Daily Mail 
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Police have used anti-terrorism powers to stop and search almost 180,000 suspects, it emerged yesterday.
Yet only 255 of the individuals they targeted were subsequently detained for terrorist- related offences.
The figures suggest that police may be misusing powers granted to them under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 supposedly for use only in extreme circumstances.
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The Home Office statistics, which were released to the Daily Mail under Freedom of Information laws, show a ten-fold use in the power since its introduction.
In 2000-01, just 3,583 people were stopped under Section 44. Of these, only one was arrested for terrorism offences.
But in 2006-07, a staggering 37,197 were stopped and searched by officers.
Only 28 were subsequently arrested for terrorist-related offences.
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