Critics say black people targeted disproportionately and community relations harmed

Scotland Yard’s attempt to tackle violent crime in London has prompted a five-fold increase in the number of stop and searches under controversial powers, figures reveal.

Searches under section 60 had increased in the capital from 1,836 in 2017-18 to 9,599 in 2018-19, the Metropolitan police deputy commissioner, Sir Steve House, told the London assembly police and crime committee on Tuesday.

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