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SNP must not ignore anger over stop and search tactics

January 31, 2014 5:27 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat concerns over the disproportionate use ofAlison McInnesAlison McInnes stop and search on young people have gathered support today as leading children's charities call for a review.

The Together alliance for children's rights, comprising of Barnardo's, Children 1st, Children in Scotland, Circle Scotland, Includem and Mentor UK, have urged Police Scotland and the SPA to review the use of stop and search tactics on young children.

Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie MSP raised this directly with the First Minister following a report which revealed approximately 500 children under 10 were stopped and searched by police in 2010 alone.

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes has today said that the Justice Secretary should not ignore the growing discontent at the revelations of the report, which also found a fourfold increase in the use of stop and search.

Ms McInnes said:

"This is a powerful intervention from Scotland's leading children charities. The staggering use of stop and search tactics in Scotland, particularly against children, would send a shiver down anyone's spine.

"With no robust evidence showing a link between a high number of stop and searches and a reduction in crime the Justice Secretary should not ignore the growing discontent at these revelations."