Police stop and search children as young as two

Thousands of children as young as two are being are being stopped and searched by police every year, an investigation by The Sunday Telegraph has revealed.

Controversial powers allowing officers to stop children aged under 10 and search them for drugs, weapons or stolen goods were used regularly by every one of 16 forces in England and Wales which provided details.

Between them the forces stopped more than 4,000 under-10s a year, some to question and some to search. If the pattern is reflected nationwide, more than 10,000 under-10s will be stopped per year, of whom more than 2,000 will be searched…

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