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Lib Dems warn SNP over stop and search figures

January 23, 2014 3:29 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrats have criticised figures which have shown Alison McInnesAlison McInnesapproximately 500 children in Scotland under the age of 10 were stopped and searched by the police.

During First Minister Question's today, leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie MSP questioned Alex Salmond's support for the use of the tactic, which has increased fourfold since the SNP came to power. Around 750,000 people across Scotland were stopped and searched by the police in the last year alone.

Speaking after First Minister's Questions, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP said:

"Following the First Minister's logic it seems SNP Ministers would have no qualms in extending the use of stop and search even further. This is a tactic which has been questioned as unregulated and unaccountable by the Scottish human rights commissioner. It's all the more alarming to learn approximately 500 children under 10 were stopped and searched by the police in 2010 alone.

"Overuse of stop and search, particularly towards very young people, sends the completely wrong message about the kind of society we want to live in. Scottish Liberal Democrats are committed to building a fairer society."