Diane Abbott MP, Shadow Home Secretary, responding to the government announcement on lifting of stop and search restrictions, said “History has taught the Tories nothing. Extending Section 60 powers over the Summer is a tried and tested recipe for unrest, not violence reduction.
“This draconian approach shows that Boris Johnson’s government has no real plans to invest in policing or a public health approach to tackling violent crime. They have opted to ‘appear tough’ instead of dealing with the root causes of crime.
“Evidence based stop and search will always be a vital tool in preventing crime. But random stops have only poisoned police community relations.”