Piers Morgan shut down by ex-Met Police superintendent over knife crime views

Piers Morgan was shouted down by two panelists on Good Morning Britain’s knife crime debate on the issues around Stop and Search.

The outspoken presenter has explained his views on knife crime and Stop and Search, saying he believes the practice should keep going to help prevent further stabbings in London, after three more took place over the weekend.

But former Metropolitan Police superintendent Leroy Logan and charity founder Justin Finlayson told him off for his views, saying it’s better to target searches, as they believe it would otherwise be focused on race.

Leroy said: "There’s a difference between targeted, intelligence-based, community focused policing, and the stop and search that goes with it.

"The stop and search is a blunt tool sharpened up by community intelligance – the more trust and confidence you have with the target group you’re trying to support, the better intelligence.

"And then you target the right kind of people. We have seen… one in five people come out with a positive when they’re stopped, which means four out of five people are stopped unnecessarily."

Before Leroy spoke on this, Justin, who runs charity United Borders, had a heated discussion with Piers on the issue, telling him he is not representative of the issue because he does not understand the way in which people live who are stopped.

Piers told him he was "misunderstanding" as he tried to defend his views against the angry charity founder, whose son was stabbed 10 times over his teenage years and was first stopped at age 11, when he was "rugby tackled."

Another panelist brought on the ashes of her late son, speaking out about how the most important thing is to focus on are the young people who have been killed.

Susanna Reid spoke to Home Secretary Sajid Javid over the weekend, along with Met Police commissioner Cressida Dick on the issue, with both asserting their belief that it is a thoroughly important one.

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.

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