More searches of black people

Black people are nearly nine times more likely to be stopped and searched by police in Suffolk than white people.

Black people are nearly nine times more likely to be stopped and searched by police in Suffolk than white people.

Between April and September, the proportion of black people being stopped and searched by Suffolk police increased to 34 searches per 1,000 of the population, up from 20.8 searches for the same period last year and compared to just 3.8 searches among white people.

This means a black person is 8.9 times more likely to be stopped than a white person, with searches of people from Asian backgrounds almost three times as common as those on white people, according to figures released by Suffolk police.

In Norfolk, figures show black people are more than 12 times more likely to be stopped than white people, with an average of 18.8 searches per 1,000 black people.


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The report, to be discussed by a Suffolk police authority committee on Friday, also shows 57.1pc of white people are stopped on suspicion of possessing drugs, compared to nearly 80pc of searches on black people and 66.7pc among people from a Chinese background.

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