Police to step up “stop and search of ‘suspicious’ cars and people” in Oldpark area

According to the North Belfast News, “police have agreed to step up their stop and search of ‘suspicious’ cars and people” in the Oldpark/Ardoyne area of North Belfast.  Apparently at the request of the local Marrowbone Residents Group.  According to the report, John McAlea from Marrowbone Residents Group said,  “After talking about the drugs problem with police they have agreed to boost their stop and searching in the area,” he said. “We are really pushing them on the issue because we …

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PSNI stop-and-searches to stop?

A BBC report is predicting that The PSNI is to suspend the use of the powers which allowed them to search people suspected of being involved in terrorist activity. It follows the recent European Court rejection of the UK government’s appeal against a January 2010 ruling that section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 violated the right to respect for private life. I’ve already noted the massive increase here in the numbers of stop-and-searches taking place between 2005 to 2009. But would such a change …

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