Priti Patel enables police in high crime areas to enact stop and search powers without needing “reasonable grounds” to do so.

Under new powers approved by Priti Patel to curb knife violence, police will be able to stop and search anyone without suspicion of a crime.

Priti Patel enables police in high crime areas to enact stop and search powers without needing “reasonable grounds” to do so.

On Monday, the Home Secretary will make it easier for police to stop and search people in places where crime rates are high.

The decision, announced in a letter to all police forces, would make it simpler for them to use section 60 powers, enabling them to conduct “no suspicion” stops and searches in specific locations rather than needing to have “reasonable grounds” to think someone is carrying a weapon.

By removing the constraints, more officers will be able to use section 60. The powers will be in existence for longer, and they will be used when police believe significant violence “may” rather than “will” occur.

It comes on the heels of the start of Operation Sceptre, a week of focused activity by all 43 police forces in England and Wales to tackle knife crime. However, it is expected to spark a reaction amid allegations that police stop and search is used unfairly against black and ethnic minorities.

Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, said she had no regrets about lifting limitations on stop and search set by her predecessor, Theresa May, in 2014.

“I stand wholeheartedly behind the police so that they can build on their work to drive down knife crime by making it easier for officers to use these powers to seize more weapons, arrest more suspects and save more lives,” she said.

“The devastating impact of knife crime on families who have lost their loved one is unbearable. No one should have to endure the pain and suffering of the victims of these appalling crimes and we have a responsibility to them to do everything in our power to prevent future tragedies.”

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