Police Powers to Search Children and Young People for Alcohol

Category: Civil Rights and Freedoms

26th April 2016

This consultation asks for views on whether the police should be given a set of new search powers.

The new search powers are as follows:

- The power to search a child or young person under the age of 18 for alcohol, where a constable has reasonable grounds to suspect that the person is under the age of 18 and has alcohol in a public place.

- The power to search a person where a constable has reasonable grounds to suspect that the person has alcohol in a public place, and that the person has supplied or intends to supply the alcohol to a person under the age of 18 for consumption in a public place.

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