Official figures from Cleveland Police show 5,140 people were stopped and searched during 2020, which is equivalent to a rate of 911 per 100,000 people.

Cleveland Police used stop and search on thousands of people during lockdown last year – here’s who they stopped and why

Although we may have been in lockdown or staying indoors more often than usual for a large chunk of 2020, this didn’t stop thousands of people being stopped and searched by police across Cleveland Police last year.

Wednesday, 10th March 2021, 3:14 pm
Updated Wednesday, 10th March 2021, 3:19 pm

Official figures from Cleveland Police show 5,140 people were stopped and searched during 2020, which is equivalent to a rate of 911 per 100,000 people.

That was a 239% increase in comparison to 2019’s figures.

The figures reveal the objects police were looking for – from drugs to weapons to stolen goods – but not what they actually found, although they do tell us how many searches led to an arrest.

So what do we know about stop and search by Cleveland Police?

Here we reveal everything you need to know.

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