The drumbeat for harsher stop and search measures has been relentless, with the leading the way.
The home secretary nonetheless introduced a raft of knife crime prevention orders in February, requiring low standards of proof to secure up to two years’ detention.
Human rights group Liberty, the Runnymede Trust and the Children’s Society warned that these measures raised “profound human rights concerns,” being likely to be “based on assumptions and stereotypes relating to where a person lives, where they go to school or who they are friends with—all of which may be crude proxies for race or socio-economic status.”Repression is to be increased, with Tasers being deployed by police in far greater numbers.
The asserts, “The knife-crime epidemic in Wild West Britain means we need to talk about ID cards again.”The evidence does not support the apocalyptic claims of the Conservative press.
Last year saw the highest number of knife homicides recorded since 1946.