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Stop and Search

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 13 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times the power to authorise stop and search for offensive weapons within a specified area for the period of 24 hours under section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 was used by a senior police officer in each year since the Act came into force. (163714)

Available information on stops and searches of persons or vehicles under Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 from 1995 to 2005-06 can be found in the following table.

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

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

1995 (from 10 April)

2,380

205

58

109

1996

7,020

187

132

371

1996-97

7,970

177

129

392

1997-98

7,970

377

103

332

1998-991

5,500

213

91

84

1999-00

6,840

59

36

195

2000-01

11,330

357

309

411

2001-02

18,900

1,367

203

485

2002-032

44,400

1,568

356

2,142

2003-043

40,400

557

299

1,248

2004-054

41,600

286

256

958

2005-06

36,300

542

192

1,522

1 Figures updated since publication of the 1998-99 Bulletin.

2 Figures updated since publication of the 2002-03 Bulletin.

3 Figures updated since publication of the 2003-04 Bulletin.

4 Figures updated since publication of the 200-05 Bulletin.