"British Transport Police have also said more people using the Tube will be randomly stopped and searched.
A spokesman stressed the moves had been planned for some time and were not a reaction to the attacks in Madrid."
Stop and Search is something which the Metroplitan Police and the Metropolitan Police Authority are treating as a serious community issue, for good reasons.
Is the British Transport Police announcement going to circumvent all the well established policies of not being seen to single out racial or religous minorities to be stopped and searched, and of providing a written audit of the reasons for which someone has been singled out for suspicion ?
There is a big difference between say, searching everybody going through a police cordon during an alert, and routinely searching only some people at "random" - is it really at random or is it based on predjudice ?
Will the British Transport Police now be abusing Terrorism Act powers to "stop and search" anybody that they feel is acting suspiciously, including their "ordinary" fare dodgers, football or music fans, drunks, drug dealers, graffiti artists, pickpockets etc. ?
Section 44 of the Terrorism Act has already been used incorrectly against political demonstrators travelling to a rally, despite promises that the draconian measures in this Act are only to combat terrorism. This is plainly not true in practice, as shown by the challenges in court. by the Liberty Human Rights organisation.