Home secretary echoes Cressida Dick’s endorsement of controversial tactic but cautions over indiscriminate use

The home secretary, Amber Rudd, has backed Metropolitan police commissioner over the use of stop and search in tackling rising knife crime.

On Tuesday, Cressida Dick revealed she was encouraging her officers to use the tactic and was determined to fight the perception that it was discriminatory, despite warnings that any increase in stop and search would further alienate black and minority ethnic communities.

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