Police Powers

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  • Police Powers
    • In the 1970's and 1980's, the police were accused of beating up suspects, denying them legal represntation and withholding evidence
      • This resulted in a lot of appeals and convictions being quashed
    • Some cases which illustrate police powers
      • Birmingham Six
        • This is when six men were sentenced to life imprisonement in 1975 for a pub bombing.
        • Their convictions were declared unsafe and was quashed by the Court of Appeal in March 1991
      • Guildford Four
        • They were falsely convicted of the bomings in 1975 and sentenced to life in prison.
        • They were in prison for 15 years. All their convictions were overtuned in the appeal courts.
        • This is because their confessions were obtained by torture.
      • Bridgewater Four
        • The men's convictions were overturned after the court of appeal ruled that the trial had been unfair.
        • As there was evidence that had been fabricated so one of the defendants would confess.
      • The incidents may be isolated but they raise concerns about how suspects are treated when in police custody
      • The Police do not sufficent powers to detect and investigate crime, but there also needs to be a balance of fair treatment, so there will be a successful prosecution.
    • The PHILLIPS COMMISION was set up to investigate police procedures.
      • It submitted several proposals which were implemeneted in PLICE AND CRIMINAL EVIDENCE ACT 1984.

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