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Shock at PSNI stop and search statistics – Sinn Féin

2 December, 2008

Sinn Féin North Antrim MLA and Policing Board member Daithí McKay has expressed his deep shock at figures obtained from the Board's Human Right's committee which indicates that Irish Travellers and members of the Black community are 5 and 6 times more likely to be stopped than, what the reports describes as, 'an average person'.

Mr McKay said,

"According to the figures within this report the numbers of s.24 and s.21 PACE stop/searches have decreased but in contrast to this the number of s.44 stop/searches has shown a significant increase in the last two years.

"the report indicates that members of the Traveller community as well as members of the Black community are 6 and 5 times respectively, more like to be stopped than, what the report describes as, 'an average person'.

"Not only are these figures startling but the choice of language indicates a degree of poor judgement from whoever compiled this particular report.

"I will be meeting with groups such as An Munia Tober and NICEM to ascertain what Sinn Féin members of the Policing Board can do to find out the motivation behind these figures and what those particular communities experience is of Policing here in the North." CRÍOCH

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