Charles Walker welcomes new police stop-and-search code of practice

Speaking in the House of Commons

Speaking in the House of Commons, Charles Walker welcomes the Home Secretary’s announcement of a revised code of practice for police stop-and-search powers.

Mr Charles Walker (Broxbourne) (Con): I thank the Home Secretary for her announcement. She will recall that we recently met a young man who has been stopped 50 times in the past five years, from the ages of 13 to 18. That state of affairs just cannot continue. The last time he was stopped he was collecting some milk for his mum. I welcome the announcement, but I say to the Home Secretary that I thank God my children are not stopped regularly, because I would have a sense of total desolation and alienation if that happened to them.

Mrs May: My hon. Friend makes an important point. The testimony of that young man really brought home to me both the extent to which the misuse of stop-and-search can alienate people, and the problems that people from particular communities, such as that young black man, have experienced over the years. What was distressing was his assumption that, “It will happen to me because I am black”. That is appalling and must not be the case, which is why the reforms are so important.

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