Row over police ‘stop and search’ stats

Police stop and search tactics have been criticised
Police stop and search tactics have been criticised

Children as young as nine were spoken to by police using controversial ‘stop and search’ tactics in Midlothian last year.

That is according to figures obtained by the BBC, using Freedom of Information legislation.

They reveal that six local youngsters aged under 12 were searched between January and November.

Five outcomes were classed as ‘negative’ while one ten-year-old boy was found to be in possession of drugs.

Nationally, the figures show that 654 children were stopped during the same period.

But Police Scotland has contested the accuracy of statistics.

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