The police’s powers to stop and search people will be extended, in a bid to tackle rising gun and knife crime, the home secretary is set to announce.

This follows a review on policing by Sir Ronnie Flanagan, who recommended paperwork be radically cut down to allow police officers more time on street duty.

The home secretary is set to issue new guidance for police.

Under present rules, police officers must record all details of stop and searches. Ministers are considering changing this to allow officers to conduct more random stop and searches with a simple explanation to suspects.

Similar measures are already in place in high crime areas but could now be rolled out across the country.

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