Boris Johnson’s massive expansion of police stop and search powers sees arrests soar by a third

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BORIS Johnson’s massive expansion of police stop and search powers has seen arrests soar by nearly a third.

Official figures show a 53 per cent increase in the on-the-spot checks.

Police stop and search has seen an increase in arrests by a third

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Police stop and search has seen an increase in arrests by a thirdCredit: PA:Press Association

It led to 15,877 more arrests — up 28 per cent on the previous 12 months.

There were 558,973 stop and searches in the year to March under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act, allowing officers to check for drugs or weapons without a warrant.

Overall, 13 per cent of subjects were arrested.

London accounted for half of the increase alone, with other big rises in Merseyside, Essex and South Yorkshire.

There were a further 18,081 stop and searches — a 35 per cent rise — under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act, allowing cops to look for weapons in anticipation of violence.

A Home Office spokesman said: “In 2019-20, stop and search removed over 11,000 knives, firearms and other weapons from our streets and resulted in over 74,000 arrests.”

Boris Johnson's massive expansion of stop and search has worked

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Boris Johnson's massive expansion of stop and search has workedCredit: Getty - Pool

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Stop and search was significantly scaled back during ­Theresa May’s time at the Home Office.

She claimed they were “unfair” and disproportionately targeted young black men.

Yesterday’s figures are the highest since 2013-14 but still below the peak in 2010-11 when 1.2million were recorded, double the current number. 

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