Terror search arrest rates emerge

Only two people were arrested for terrorism-related offences last year after being stopped and searched under anti-terrorism powers.

They were among 91,500 such searches of people and vehicles in England and Wales in 2009-2010, Home Office statistics show.
Last year, the terrorism stop-and-search powers were declared unlawful by the European Court of Human Rights.

The government has now restricted the way the measures can be used.

The statistics show that apart from the two terrorism-related arrests, a further 436 people were arrested for other reasons.
The previous year there were 10 terrorism-related arrests - but more than double the number of searches.

The figures also show that almost a third of all stop and searches by police involved ethnic minority groups: 16% of those stopped were black, 11% Asian, 3% mixed race, 1% Chinese or other ethnic group.

Having been searched, however, white suspects were most likely to be arrested.

Fifty-five per cent of all Section 60 searches - where police search in anticipation of violence to look for knives and other weapons - involved ethnic minority suspects.

In total, police carried out 1,360,167 searches of people and vehicles in 2009-10 - a drop of 10% on the previous year.
The total number of arrests fell by 5% to 107,444, amounting to 9% of all searches.

The figures also show that the number of people given a fixed penalty notice for using a mobile phone while driving in England and Wales went up by 8% in 2009 from 116,000 to 126,000.