Surge in stop and search in England as police battle knife crime

‘Deeply worrying’ rise over last two years in use of tactic by country’s biggest forces

Police attempts to tackle violent crime have brought about a sharp rise in the use of stop and search powers in some of England’s major forces, Guardian analysis reveals.

In findings that critics have described as deeply worrying, data from eight of the country’s biggest forces shows the scale of the use of stop and search, which more than doubled from 15,557 instances in March 2017 to 33,022 in March 2019.

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