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Home Secretary reverses permanent removal of stop and search safeguards

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The Home Secretary has been forced to reverse her decision recently announced in the Government’s Beating Crime Plan to permanently remove the Best Use of Stop and Search safeguards (‘BUSSS’) applicable to suspicionless stop and search under s60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, following a claim for judicial review by the charity StopWatch. The Home Secretary conceded that the equality impact assessment undertaken in respect of removal of the BUSSS safeguards, which were introduced to mitigate the disproportionate use of s60 searches against Black and other minority ethnic people, was flawed.

Raj Desai and Aidan Wills acted for StopWatch, instructed by Lana Adamou at Liberty.

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