Oh joy. The harrassment of choice of our friendly Police "service" has just been found illegal under European Human Rights Legislation.
The government's powers under the Terrorism Act to stop and search people without grounds for suspicion are illegal, a European court has ruled.
The European Court of Human Rights was giving its ruling in a case involving two people stopped near an arms fair in London in 2003.
It said the pair's right to respect for a private and family life under human rights laws had been violated.
It awarded them 33,850 euros (£30,399) in compensation.
The court said the stop and search powers were "not sufficiently circumscribed" and there were not "adequate legal safeguards against abuse".
- Number of people stopped nationwide by British Transport Police using s 44: 160,000
- Number of people stopped in London by the Metropolitan Police using s. 44: 200,000
- Number of people amongst the 360,000 stopped under s. 44 and found to have any terrorist material or links: 0
Time to get a claim in, methinks. Chicken Dinners all round.