Amber Rudd backs Met police chief on use of stop and search

Home secretary echoes Cressida Dick’s endorsement of controversial tactic but cautions over indiscriminate use

The home secretary, Amber Rudd, has backed the Metropolitan police commissioner over the use of stop and search in tackling rising knife crime in a move that marks a change in tone since Theresa May was in the Home Office.

Rudd made clear she was in favour of targeted use of stop and search, after Cressida Dick revealed she was encouraging her officers to use the tactic and was determined to fight the perception that it was discriminatory, despite warnings that any increase in stop and search would further alienate black and minority ethnic communities.

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