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Kindergarten cops

Jadan-ShepherdLast week, two cops were put under investigation after girls aged 6 and 11 were searched using anti-terror powers, but new figures show that young children being stopped is increasingly common

Police in the capital stop and search five children under the age of 10 every single day, like 9-year-old Jadan Shepherd (above), who was searched by cops in Camberwell last month.

Metropolitan Police officers stopped 1,954 children under 10 last year, and of these 58 were searched under section 44 of the Terrorism act 2000. The Met has also searched eight 2-year-olds and nine three-year-olds in the past two years.

The Home Office appear to be justifying this shocking state of affairs, by issuing the following statement:

“Removing drugs, weapons or stolen goods from a child under 10 is about the safety and protection of the child as well as the detection of crime. The police must have the powers to do both.”

The fact that the Home Office would want to defend the frequent searching of primary school-age kids, and even toddlers, is quite amazing.

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