In the news today there are reports on police stop-and-search powers and the conviction of two people smugglers stopped by Border Force officers in Northern France.
The Times carries an opinion piece written by the Home Secretary in which she says that reform of stop-and-search was “long overdue” and now use of the power is more intelligence-led, more transparent and more effective. She expresses support for officers who use it correctly. The Times and Sun report that the Home Secretary has backed the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick who said in interviews and in an opinion piece of her own that she wanted her officers to have the confidence to carry out more checks to tackle knife crime.
The Home Secretary's opinion piece can be found on our blog.
People smuggling convictions
The Telegraph, Mail, Express, Times and Sun report that two people have been convicted of unlawful immigration after trying to smuggle 12 Vietnamese people into the UK from Calais. The papers report how Katy Bethel and Aaron Harris were stopped by Border Force officers in Coquelles trying to conceal the five women, four men and three children behind tyres in a van. A statement Immigration Enforcement's Criminal and Financial Investigations team is below.