Stop-and-search terror powers declared illegal by (European) human rights court

Controversial anti-terror laws which let police stop and search without grounds for suspicion were yesterday ruled illegal by European judges.

Civil liberties campaigners heralded the human rights verdict as 'a great day for freedom in Britain'.

The power - Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 - has been used on anti-war protesters and even holidaymakers taking pictures of tourist attractions.
Last year it was employed more than 700 times every day without catching a single terrorist.

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