More people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds are likely to be targeted under relaxed stop-and-search rules, despite not having committed crimes, an official report has said.
A pensioner in Inverness was the oldest man in Scotland to be strip searched last year, according to data revealing increasing police stop and searches across the north and north-east.
Children as young as 11 are being ordered to turn out their pockets and as young as 15 strip searched by police using stop and search powers according to “alarming” new figures.
The number of stop and searches carried out in the north increased during the final months of last year - despite plummeting in the rest of the country.
Police Scotland has agreed to stop the controversial practice of searching youngsters after a senior officer branded it "fairly indefensible".
The Scottish Police governing body has found no link between stop-and-searches and a fall in violent crime.