Backing for increased stop and search powers

Plans to extend stop and search powers for police officers in England and Wales have been backed by a local town councillor and former police officer.
Figures show that incidents involving stop and search in Biddulph in the first half of this year were the second highest in Staffordshire Moorlands. 
Home secretary Priti Patel rolled out a pilot scheme earlier this month, enabling more than 8,000 police officers to stop and search anyone in a designated area without needing reasonable grounds for suspicion if serious violence is initiated.

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