'Craven' reduction of stop and search has led to knife crime crisis

Stop and Search

Police chiefs have acknowledged that a reintroduction of stop and search must be balanced with community engagement.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

A former Scotland Yard Detective Chief Inspector has said the “craven” reduction of stop and search has led to the current knife crime crisis.

The controversial measure was scaled back by then-home secretary Theresa May in 2014 due to concerns that young people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds were unjustifiably targeted.

Speaking to talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer, Mick Neville welcomed suggestions that school pupils could be subject to stop and search in an attempt to tackle knife crime.

“We’ve had politicians like Theresa May or Sadiq Khan, all elected on craven promises to reduce stop and search to get more votes and now these are the same people who are saying we need more of it,” Mr Neville said.

“Why are the people who created the problem in charge of the problem?

“If you have a football team being relegated you don’t have the same manager coming in to save them. We need new people with new ideas to get a grip of this.”

Although the introduction of stop and search in schools has been criticised by the former head of Ofsted, Mr Neville said he parents should be reassued by the measure.

He added: “If I sent my children to such a school I would be pleased the police are looking at this because we have seen all sorts of crime outside schools.

“Most people associate stabbings with night-time, Jack the Ripper, creeping around kind of thing but most stabbings take place in the day, after school.”


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