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(From Guardian Unlimited)
The police's use of controversial counterterrorism stop and search powers against individuals are to be scrapped immediately, the home secretary announced today.
Under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000, officers can stop and search anyone in a designated area without having to show reasonable suspicion. Interim operational guidelines to be issued to the police say that in future section 44 powers will be used only to search vehicles, and officers will have to have grounds for suspecting they are being used in connection with terrorism.
Section 44 stop and search powers were used on more than 148,798 occasions last year and have …