HOME SECRETARY Amber Rudd called yesterday for police to use more stop and search powers to tackle the rise of acid attacks.
Police can use the controversial powers if they have “reasonable grounds” to suspect someone is carrying drugs, a weapon, stolen property or something which could be used to commit a crime.
Now Ms Rudd has given her backing for coppers to use the powers to prevent acid attacks.
But shadow home secretary Diane Abbott warned against increasing stop and search powers if it meant particular groups were targeted.
She said use of the powers must be “evidence-based” and attacked the government for “trying to con the public by attempting to cover up its failure to tackle rising violent crime. When the crime stats were released they insisted crime was falling, but now want to increase stop and search.”
Ms Abbott added that simply granting police extra powers fails to make up for the shortfall in police numbers following huge cuts by the Tories.
An independent study into stop and searches last year found that police officers held “unconscious bias” against minorities in the majority of cases.