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Random anti-terror searches on the rise in Scotland

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Some 14,000 people have been randomly stopped and searched under anti-terror laws in Scotland since the attack at Glasgow airport in June, according to figures released last week.
Issue 2082

Some 14,000 people have been randomly stopped and searched under anti-terror laws in Scotland since the attack at Glasgow airport in June, according to figures released last week.

Black or Asian people are six times more likely to be targeted by police than white people under these powers.

Only one in a 100 of these searches led to an arrest – none of them for terror related crimes. The Scottish justice secretary Kenny MacAskill described the volume of searches carried out as ‘extraordinary’ and warned of the danger to civil liberties.

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