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Teen stopped and searched 'over 20 times' backs review

Kenny Ladipo claims he was stopped and searched more than 20 times. Photo: ITV News

A teenager who claims to have been stopped and searched "more than 20 times" has told ITV News he welcomes the government's decision to review the policy.

The move to review stop and search powers comes after an equality watchdog warned that "racial stereotyping and discrimination are significant factors" in who the police stop.

Home Secretary Theresa May announced the review in the House of Commons today and said the powers should "only be used with reasonable suspicion of criminality".

Police stop and search a man in Brixton, south London. Credit: REUTERS/Andrew Winning

Kenny Ladipo, 19, claimed that he had been stopped an "uncountable" amount of times but still backed the controversial powers.

He told UK Editor Lucy Manning that stop and search helped "take guns and knives off the street".

Mr Ladipo called for the police to receive training in how to communicate with the person they are stopping and said it was vital that the victims rights were well-publicised.

The teenager, who is now a civil servant, admitted he initially felt "angry" by constantly being stopped.

(The stop and searches) made me angry but I think the more it happened, towards the end, I got fed up of it and I got tired of arguing and asking 'why's this happening to me?'

He told ITV News that the worst stop and search he was subjected to left him handcuffed and put against a wall after nine police cars approached him.

I was walking down an alleyway on the way to my friend's house and police were following me from the bottom of my road...as I came towards the end of the alleyway, more units came out.

I remember I counted that day and there were nine cars filled with officers...they stopped and searched me, handcuffed me and put me against the wall.

They said 'you matched the description of someone who has just done a robbery'.

They did their checks and later on came to the conclusion that it wasn't me.

They gave me a stop and search slip and it was scribbled all over it, so I couldn't read what it said on it.

After joining the Hackney Council for Voluntary Service, Mr Ladipo said he learned his rights and also realised that stop and search powers were for the good but occasionally used in the wrong way.

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