More kids under 14 stopped and searched in Southwark than any other London borough

Southwark also had the second-highest number of stops of people between the ages of fifteen and nineteen, the next bracket up, with 2,976 searches in the same period.

More children aged fourteen and under were stopped and searched by police in Southwark over the past year than in any other London borough.

Met Police data shows that Southwark was far and away the borough with the most stops between April 2021 and March 2022, with 463 for fourteen and under. Some 458 of those were children aged between ten and fourteen, while five were under the age of ten.

Some 258 of those children were black, with 169 white, fifteen Asian and twenty of another unspecified ethnicity. Just 56 of the 463 searches resulted in a ‘positive outcome’ – where police find something potentially criminal.

Southwark also had the second-highest number of stops of people between the ages of fifteen and nineteen, the next bracket up, with 2,976 searches in the same period. Of those people, 1,757 were black and 982 were white.

Southwark was sixth overall for stops among all ages over the past year, with 9,926 – behind Westminster, Newham, Lambeth, Croydon and Tower Hamlets.

Black people were consistently the most stopped-and-searched group in the borough across the year, as was the case from March 2020, when data availability starts.

Similarly to London as a whole, by far the most common reason for police stops in Southwark was suspecting people of drug offenses, making up nearly 60 per cent. Other common reasons were suspicion of weapons offenses, making up about 20 per cent, and suspicion of stolen property, making up about 16 per cent.

Police took no further action after nearly three-quarters of searches in Southwark, data shows, roughly in line with London as a whole. Fifteen per cent of searches resulted in arrests.

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