Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Met Chief's Stop-and-Search Plea

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Met Chief's Stop-and-Search Plea

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Byline: MARK BLUNDEN

A SENIOR Met chief today called for more young people to be stopped and searched.

The top officer in Islington, where three people were stabbed to death in 10 days last month, said the controversial tactic was the best way to tackle rampant knife crime.

Chief Superintendent Barry Norman warned that if criminals with knives were to be caught they must be searched - meaning innocent people would just have to put up with it.

Mr Norman said: "The public are paying the price for less stop-and-search.

"When I was a police officer in the early Eighties, young people had an expectation that they would be asked to turn their pockets out. Now we are creating a generation of young people that if they have an encounter with the police this doesn't happen any more.

"Police now have to justify each and every occasion that someone is asked to explain what they are carrying."

Stop-and-search is often seen as a breach of civil liberties, but Mr Norman warned the public could not have it both ways. …

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