Section 44 dead?

It can’t be as simple as this, can it?


The change follows a European Court of Human Rights judgment last month which ruled the power to search people without suspicion under Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 was illegal.

No, it can’t, can it…


"Officers will only be able to use Section 44 in relation to the search of vehicles.

So, as others have suggested, we can expect the Met Police to introduce and/or step-up vehicle check blockades or ANPR locations.

Oh and they’ll be looking for new ways to use the intelligence they can get from the permanent ANPR installations, as well as other CCTV, TrafficMaster, DVLA, ports etc.

Either way, the police will right now be discussing how to work around this ‘impediment’ to their ‘effective’ policing.



About Al Jahom
Anti-social malcontent, misanthrope and miserable git.

One Response to Section 44 dead?

  1. flayman says:

    In her statement today, the Home Secretary has issued new guidelines to police that will remain in effect until the current legislation is reviewed. For all we know, there might harsher laws enacted. But for now this seems like an improvement.

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