UK: Section 44 anti-terrorism stop and search powers scrapped


Section 44 anti-terrorism stop and search powers scrapped

On 8 July 2010, the Home Secretary, Theresa May, announced that police will no longer be able to use section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 to stop and search members of the public, only vehicles. On 30 June 2010, the European Court of Human Rights had ruled that their January 2010 judgment in the case of Gillan and Quinton v the United Kingdom was final. The Court had found that the police's use of section 44 powers breached Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights which provides the right to respect for private life.

 

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