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Theresa May to overhaul police stop and search powers

OVERHAUL: Theresa May (PA)

HOME SECRETARY Theresa May has announced plans to overhaul police stop and search powers with a revised code of practice.

The announcement follows recent reports that the powers will be reduced through the curtailing of the use of section 60 - which allows an officer to stop someone without needing reasonable suspicion they are involved in a crime.

Stop and search powers are used disproportionately against ethnic minority Britons, with most searches not leading to an arrest.

Last year, May opened up the issue to a public consultation.

Announcing the new measures she said today (April 30) that while stop and search was "undoubtedly an important police power", when misused it could be "counterproductive" and an "enormous waste of police time".

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