Government’s crime initiative flies in the face of evidence

Responding to the Government’s new crime initiative, Liberal Democrat Peer Brian Paddick said: “This is an outrageous move that flies in the face of the evidence.

“Research shows ramping up stop and search doesn’t reduce violent crime. London, where random stop and search measures are already widely used, is set to be the worst year for teenage murders since 2008.

“The restrictions on section 60 are there for good reason, not least because you’re 13 times more likely to be stopped and searched if you’re black, if the police are allowed to stop and search at random.”

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