Are the changes to s44 a relaxation or an evasion of European law?
Reacting to the news, photojournalist Marc Vallée tells BJP: "The devil is always in the detail, and after reading the Home Office review it is clear that the coalition government is planning to give the police new stop-and-search powers to get around the European Court of Human Rights' ruling. I do not think for one minute that these new powers will protect photographers from harassment and abuse from the police on the streets of Britain, far from it."from www.bjp-online.com
Government to replace Section 44 with more limited powers [update 4]
In a statement made in the House of Commons, May said: "The government proposes to replace section 44 stop and search powers with a more tightly defined power allowing a senior police officer to make an authorisation for stop and search powers where they have reason to suspect a terrorist attack will take place and searches are necessary to prevent it."
However, BJP believes, the changes will only be minimal. The review recommendations are as follow:Read more at www.bjp-online.com