- Terrorist offences
- Police powers
- Detention and deportation
- Terrorism Act 2006 - new offences
- Practical advice
What are my rights if I am stopped and stearched in the street by police?
A police officer may stop and search you in the street if he has reasonable grounds to suspect that you have certain items on you. The officer should identify himself or herself and explain the reasons for the search and explain that you are entitled to a written record of the search itself.
In certain circumstances, where the stop and search is in relation to terrorists allegations, the police powers are much wider and do not require reasonable suspicion that specified items are on you. If you believe that you have been wrongfully or unlawfully searched, you should consult a specialist solicitor as soon as possible who will advise you as to what action may be available.