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Police And Criminal Evidence Act
1984 (PACE)
Recently amended (January 2006) by the Serious
Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (SOCPA)
Section 10 of SOCPA inserted a new Section 24 into
PACE
This amendment to PACE now means the police can
arrest someone for ANY offence…read more

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The New Powers of Arrest
A police officer can arrest without a
warrant in the following circumstances:
Anyone who is guilty of an offence
Anyone who the officer reasonably believes to
be guilty of an offence…read more

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The New Powers of Arrest
Anyone who is about to commit an offence
Anyone who the officer has reasonable grounds
for suspecting to be about to commit an offence…read more

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The New Powers of Arrest
Where an officer has reasonable grounds to suspect an
offence has been committed they can arrest anyone
who they reasonably suspect to be guilty of it
Anyone who is in the act of committing an offence
Anyone the officer has reasonable grounds for
believing to be committing an offence…read more

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Limitations on the Power of
Arrest
There are however some limitations on the
powers of arrest. The officer must have
reasonable grounds for believing that it is
necessary to make an arrest for one of the
following reasons…read more

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