Home Office data from 11 UK cities obtained by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and the Bristol Cable casts doubt on ‘intelligence’ behind stops

One in five people stopped by immigration enforcement teams in Britain’s biggest cities is a UK national, according to newly revealed figures that critics say cast doubt on official claims that such stops are “intelligence-led”.

The figures, obtained through freedom of information requests, show that out of 102,552 stopped in the past five years, 19,096 – 18.6% – were British citizens. Lawyers say they lend credence to suspicions of unlawful racial profiling.

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