McInnes seeks recall of Police Scotland to Parliament over stop and search

Scottish Liberal Democrats are to seek to recall a Police Scotland boss to parliament after figures revealed today that children under 12 are still being subject to consensual searches by officers.

In evidence to the Scottish Parliament's subcommittee on policing in June last year, Assistant Chief Constable Wayne Mawson said that the practice would end immediately as "the current position is fairly indefensible."

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP said:

"MSPs were told last June that the use of voluntary stop and searches on children under 12 was to be scrapped with immediate effect. Today we have learnt that hundreds of children are still being subject to the tactic.

"People deserve to know why Police Scotland haven't kept their word on scrapping this unregulated and illiberal position. I will be seeking to recall ACC Wayne Mawson to the committee so that he can account for himself. If it is the case that this practise is continuing, it would be reasonable to question if the Police misled parliament."

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