Young people in Stratford advised on stop and search fears

Volunteers were out and about in Stratford ahead of the Olympics to calm fears that young people will be targeted by police.

Members of the Truce 20/20 group – part of charity Conflict and Change – chatted to other young people and handed out more than 300 advice booklets.

The group has met with senior Metropolitan Police officers to discuss how they will be policing the town’s temporary dispersal zone.

Some young people fear that ramped-up police activity during the Games could lead to an increase in stop-and- search and more tensions. The leaflets contain advice on what to do if stopped by police.

Project manager Klaudia Brenza said: “We were being very strategic about how we were giving the leaflets away.

“Rather than just passing them on, the young people worked in couples and were having conversations with other people.”

The leaflets were funded by Silvertown-based Tate and Lyle. Truce 20/20 has been assisted by Newham Monitoring Project.

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The handouts will continue throughout the summer.