Great Britain

Boris Johnson says stop and search policy ‘kind and loving’ way to get weapons off streets

Boris Johnson has defended his plan to expand stop and search powers for police forces – insisting it was a “kind and loving” way to get dangerous weapons off the streets.

Critics have condemned the plan to widen blanket search and search powers, deemed by many experts as “ineffective” and racially disproportionate.

“I disagree with the opponents of stop and search,” said the prime minister on Tuesday. “Section 60 stop and search orders, I think, can play an important part in fighting crime.”

“They are not the only tool that we have got to use. They are part of a range of things we have got to do to fight street crime.

“I think that giving the police the backing that they need in law to stop someone, to search them, to relieve them of a dangerous weapon – I don’t think that’s strong-arm tactics, I think that’s a kind and a loving thing to do.”

“The people who often support stop and search most passionately are the parents of the kids who are likely themselves to be the victims of knife crime.”

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