Men in Nottinghamshire are more than ten times more likely to be stopped and searched than women, police statistics show.

Of the 492 individuals stopped and searched in December 2020, 43 were female, making up around nine per cent of those stopped.

In April, this figure was less than one per cent.

Females made up 17 per cent of all crimes in England and Wales in 2020, according to government statistics.

The rate of stop and search across the UK has grown in recent years, after 285 people were killed as a result of knife crime in 2018.

Rosalind Comyn, policy and campaigns manager at human rights group Liberty, said: “The rate of discrimination in stop and search continues to rise, underlining why the decision to ramp up stop and search was so wrong.

“We urgently need to see legislation to repeal suspicionless stop and search powers, and to make forces meaningfully accountable in their use of remaining suspicion-based powers.”

Police across the country have been under pressure after a government enquiry found ‘a disparity in the stop and search on individuals from Black and Minority Ethnic communities.’

Last month 42 per cent of stop and search activity was done on ethnic minorities in the county and these groups represent less than a third of Nottinghamshire’s population.

Ms Comyn added: “We need government to work with communities to develop strategies for keeping all of us safe.

“These strategies must have fairness, participation, and human rights at their heart.”

A Nottinghamshire Police spokesperson said: “Nottinghamshire Police are committed to tackling discrimination in all forms both internally and externally.

“We remain committed to working with partners and the communities we serve to make Nottinghamshire a safe, secure place to live, work and visit.

“We will learn from experience, from others, and strive to improve by working with our communities and stakeholders to make sure that stop and search continues to protect the public.”

For information about your stop and search rights, visit https://www.gov.uk/police-powers-to-stop-and-search-your-rights