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The number of recorded police stop and search incidents has risen across Aberdeenshire, despite a report questioning the tactic’s worth.

The report published by the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) found areas of the country had seen a huge rise in the number of searches in the first nine months since Scotland’s single police force was created.

The SPA said it could find “no causal link” between a reduction in violence and stop-and-search activity increase.

While there was a 0.2 per cent fall in the number of searches as a whole from April to December last year, the national figure was driven by a 45,598 reduction in searches carried out in Glasgow.

Overall, Aberdeenshire saw 2266 stop and searches between April and December 2013, up from 1473 during the same period in 2012.

These figures include statutory searches, which require reasonable suspicion, and non-statutory searches which require no suspicion and can in be refused.

However, according to the Mets FAQ (frequently asked question) section on their website: “Officers do not need your permission to go through your belongings - if you refuse, you can be searched by force.”

Conservative candidate for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, Alexander Burnett, said: “When the officers carrying out stop and search are admitting people are not being informed of their legal rights, serious questions must be asked about current procedure.”

 

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