Member of Parliament for Clacton

Douglas Carswell

16 DEC 2013

Carswell presses Home Secretary on stop and search to tackle Clacton knife crime

Douglas Carswell today asked the Home Secretary, Theresa May MP, about police stop and search powers being used to tackle knife crime in Clacton.

"Knife crime has been a problem in Clacton town centre", explains Douglas. "The good news is that in 2013 the police recognised it has become a problem - and have taken steps to tackle it".

Operation Statesman over the summer saw more stop and searches, and a number of arrests. Knife crime fell as a direct consequence.

"I am concerned that the Home Office review of police powers of stop and search could mean that the police find that they cannot take the steps that they have taken.

"It would be a disaster if at some point in the future Essex police chiefs ruled out more stop and search in Clacton citing some Home Office guidelines."

"I have written to the Home Secretary previously saying that it should be for the directly elected Police Commissioner to determine policy towards stop and seach. We need stop and search here in Clacton - and today's question highlights the importance of ensuring that the Home Office reivew does not prevent Essex policy from policing Clacton town centre appropriately".

Details about recorded crime involving offensive weapons in Clacton can be found here:

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