Powers to search
The law says that you can only be searched if a police officer has a reasonable belief to suspect that you may be carrying something illegal or something that can be used to to commit an offence and you are likely to do so.
This forms the grounds of the search.
There are two exceptions to this rule, which are known as blanket search powers:
- If a section 60 search power has been granted (Criminal Justice Act).
- If a section 47A search power has been granted (Terrorism Act).