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Anti-terror stop and search powers to be scrapped

Anti-terror stop and search powers to be scrapped --Police forced to abandon power to stop and search the public without reasonable suspicion after European court rules it illegal 08 Jul 2010 The police's use of controversial counterterrorism stop and search powers against individuals is to be scrapped immediately, the home secretary announced today. Under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000, officers can stop and search anyone in a designated area without having to show reasonable suspicion. Interim operational guidelines to be issued to the police say that in future section 44 powers will be used only to search vehicles, and officers will have to have grounds for suspecting they are being used in connection with terrorism.