Use of ‘stop and search’ terror law alienating Muslims, warns Yard

The head of Scotland Yard’s anti-terrorist branch yesterday admitted that police use of controversial stop and search powers under the terror laws needs to be much more tightly focused. Peter Clarke told a London conference of security experts there had been difficulties with the use of powers under section 44 of the Terrorism Act after warning that anti-terror measures which alienate the Muslim community were fundamentally misguided.

Guardian, 17 February 2006