Under normal circumstances police have required to have reasonable grounds for a stop and search and should not be biased towards a particular person or group.
What is stop and search?
Police have statutory powers to stop and question civilians at any time – and they can search you depending on the situation.
Police offices are required to have ‘reasonable grounds’ of suspecting you are carrying illegal drugs, a weapon, stolen property or a tool that could be used to commit a crime such as a screwdriver.
You may be stopped and searched without reasonable grounds if it has been approved by a senior police officer.
This can happen if it is suspected that serious violence is about to take place or if you’re carrying a weapon.
Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 allows a police officer to stop and search a person without suspicion.
Please be advised that a *Section 60 (stop and search without the need for reasonable grounds)* has recently been authorised due to recent shootings and knife attack in LONDON.
This action was implemented in several violence hotspots back on 08/03/2019 the areas affected are as follows:
Croydon, Tottenham, Tower-Hamlets, Newham, Southwark , Greenwich and Bexley areas.
Section 60 has also been triggered in Birmingham following 3 stabbings (09/03/19) outside Medleys club in Northfield.
Please share this notice and advise young persons to be careful out there and thank you for your continued support.
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