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Stop and Search Know your rights

January 2021

What Grounds do the police need to stop and search me?

Police must have reasonable grounds. These may be:

Suspicion that you may have stolen or prohibited articles with you

Intelligence (information) about a crime

They cannot stop you simply based on:

• age

• race

• nationality

• your appearance or what you're wearing

• religion

• criminal record

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