Extending Section 60 powers over the Summer is a tried and tested recipe for unrest, not violence reduction – Abbott
Diane Abbott MP, Shadow Home Secretary, responding to the government announcement on lifting of stop and search restrictions, said:
“History has taught the Tories nothing. Extending Section 60 powers over the Summer is a tried and tested recipe for unrest, not violence reduction.
“This draconian approach shows that Boris Johnson’s government has no real plans to invest in policing or a public health approach to tackling violent crime. They have opted to ‘appear tough’ instead of dealing with the root causes of crime.
“Evidence based stop and search will always be a vital tool in preventing crime. But random stops have only poisoned police community relations.”