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Update | PACE: stop and search, on-the-spot fines, 
changes to police powers of containment and challenging cautions

Jill Lorimer looks at a new consultation on stop and search, on-the-spot fines, 
changes to police powers of containment and challenging cautions

19 September 2013

In July, the Home Secretary Theresa May announced a six-week consultation on police powers of stop and search. She highlighted geographical discrepancies in the percentage of searches leading to arrest, and indicated concern that, in some areas of the country, this ratio is "far too low for comfort".

This consultation, which has now been extended to 24 September, follows a critical report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) which found that over a quarter of the stop and search records examined did not contain sufficient grounds to justify the search.

The government has indicated that it will publish a response to both the HMIC report and the public consultation by the end of the year.

While the consultation has been positively received by civil liberties groups, it is suspected that it is the reduction in police numbers and the need to drive down "red tape" that is in reality driving this review. Nevertheless, if the...

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