UK increases police powers to combat growing crime

by IANS |

London, May 17 (IANS) UK Home Secretary Priti Patel has announced new measures that will increase police powers to stop and search individuals to help fight knife crime and serious violence across the country.

Patel announced on Monday that she has permanently lifted restrictions on police stop-and-search powers in areas where serious violence is anticipated, reports Xinhua news agency.

The police recorded 6 million crimes in England and Wales in the year ending December 2021, according to a report published last month by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The figure represented an 8 per cent increase compared with the year ending December 2020.

Meanwhile, the number of homicides increased by 14 per cent to 691 offenses.

London recorded its worst ever annual teenage homicide death toll, 30, from stabbing incidents.

In the two years to March 2021, over 150,000 arrests were made following stop and searches, preventing thousands of possible fatal injuries, Patel said.

"This will give officers full operational flexibility and the confidence they need to use the tool, helping rid the streets of dangerous weapons and save lives," said the Home Office.

Restrictions on when stop-and-search powers can be used by police officers have been in place since 2014.

Those restrictions "limited when officers could use the vital power and decreased their confidence in deploying it", said the Home Office.

Latest News
Rajasthan Cong seeks NIA probe into BJP's alleged links with terrorists Tue, Jul 05, 2022, 04:30 PM
Will BJP respect 5-term Jalalpore MLA's wishes and renominate him? Tue, Jul 05, 2022, 04:29 PM
Congress raises pitch on PSI recruitment scam in Karnataka, BJP hits back Tue, Jul 05, 2022, 04:17 PM
ACB conducts raids on Oppn leader Siddaramaiah's right hand man in K'taka Tue, Jul 05, 2022, 04:16 PM
Proposal sent to rename wards in Ayodhya after Kalyan Singh, Ashok Singhal Tue, Jul 05, 2022, 04:06 PM
David Warner's wife fumes over life-time ban on husband from taking up leadership role in Australia Tue, Jul 05, 2022, 03:55 PM
'Chalk and cheese': Stark contrast in Rishabh Pant's batting in red and white-ball cricket Tue, Jul 05, 2022, 03:44 PM
Juvenile held in Delhi for raping 12-year-old kin Tue, Jul 05, 2022, 03:27 PM
Sudanese leader says military to stay out of political talks Tue, Jul 05, 2022, 03:22 PM
Kerala Minister Saji Cherian criticises Constitution, rtd judge seeks resignation Tue, Jul 05, 2022, 03:20 PM
Palestine rejects results of US probe on Al Jazeera journo's killing Tue, Jul 05, 2022, 03:15 PM
The Ukraine war shapes a new world order - unipolarity crumbles to give way to multipolarity-Part 2 Tue, Jul 05, 2022, 03:04 PM
India were disappointing and timid to say the least on Day 4, says Shastri Tue, Jul 05, 2022, 02:49 PM
Elderly couple found murdered in Kanpur Tue, Jul 05, 2022, 02:44 PM
India has to limit loan Tue, Jul 05, 2022, 02:34 PM