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The return of the ‘sus’ laws?

Issue No. 2203

New home secretary Theresa May promised to ramp up police powers in her speech to the Police Federation annual conference in Bournemouth.

May wants to give police powers that echo those of the hated and racist “sus” laws.

They would have the ability to charge people with “minor” offences without the involvement of the Crown Prosecution Service.

May also outlined plans to “untangle the knot” of police health and safety regulations.

At first glance this seems like a minor point—but remember Jean Charles de Menezes.

It was the breach of health and safety regulations that brought the police before the court.

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Tue 25 May 2010, 18:07 BST
Issue No. 2203
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