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Stop and Search

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many stop-and-searches have been made under article 60 (1) (b) of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 as amended by the Knives Act 1997 in each year since the entry into force of the Knives Act 1997; and how many of those stop-and-searches (a) in England, (b) in London, (c) in the Haringey basic command unit lead to an arrest. (108627)

The following table shows stops and searches under Section 60 for England and London. It is not possible to distinguish between stop and searches conducted under Section 60 (1) (a) and (b) of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994. Figures are not available for individual basic command units in London.

Searches of persons or vehicles under section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 and resultant arrests

Number

Stops and searches in anticipation of violence

Total searches

Number of persons found to be carrying offensive weapons or dangerous instruments

Arrests for offensive weapons

Arrests for other reasons

England and Wales

1999-2000

6,837

59

36

195

2000-01

11,327

357

309

411

2001-02

18,901

1,367

203

485

2002-03

44,398

1,568

356

2,142

2003-04

40,436

557

299

1,248

2004-05

41,337

274

242

941

England

1999-2000

6,809

58

37

194

2000-01

11,317

356

308

411

2001-02

18,891

1,367

203

485

2002-03

44,377

1,566

354

2,135

2003-04

40,409

556

298

1,248

2004-05

40,782

271

238

925

Metropolitan police (includes city of London)

1999-2000

2,710

9

4

35

2000-01

2,858

23

7

69

2001-02

6,118

34

89

152

2002-03

8,606

88

88

338

2003-04

4,366

19

29

122

2004-05

3,480

14

19

101

Note:

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

Source:

m&sdc 495-06

12 December 2006