The Coventry Telegraph report:

Police in the West Midlands have been using stop and search powers on primary school children, new figures have revealed.

Some 138 youngsters aged ten and under have been ordered to empty their pockets by police searching for drugs, weapons or stolen property in the last three years. And two of them were arrested as a result.

The statistics, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, have drawn condemnation from community campaigners, who warn that the crackdown could backfire, and make children LESS respectful.

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