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Today NMP publishes its submission (below) to the Home Office’s consultation launched in July on the use of police powers of stop and search.
Our evidence is based on a six-week project of rights education and training with young people conducted over the summer in youth clubs, community centres and public spaces in Newham, which included a survey questionnaire addressing key issues and questions posed by the consultation. The project was supported by the young people who are part of NMP’s Youth Engagement Panel, which helped to design and test the questionnaire. Read more
Newham Monitoring Project has received a report from a member of the public about suspected racial profiling in a security operation at Westfield Shopping Centre in Stratford today. Read more
Yesterday, the Metropolitan Police confirmed that a three month dispersal zone had begun in the Stratford area, which “will specifically cover Stratford Town Centre, including the Magistrates’ Court, the main transport hubs in Stratford and the areas along West Ham Lane commonly known as the West Quadrant”. Read more
Poet, writer and patron of Newham Monitoring Project Benjamin Zephaniah explains why it is important for young people in east London to know their rights on stop & search, especially during the 2012 Olympics.
That means carrying NMP’s 24-hour emergency helpline number at all times – so go on, put the number [0800 169 3111] in your phone!
Publicity for our helpline during the Olympics is one part of our response to this summer’s Games, when we aim to ensure that local people are aware of their civil liberties and have a way of seeking redress if they believe their rights have been ignored. We are also offering a basic rights information card, legal workshops for youth and community groups and, for the first time, trained Community Legal Observers near to event venues.
If you are interested in volunteering for NMP over the Olympic period, either as a Community Legal Observer or to help promote civil liberties in east London in other ways, please contact us.