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Stop and search
Section 1 of PACE gives the police the right to stop and search people and vehicles in a public place. There must be
reasonable grounds for suspecting that person is in possession of (or the vehicle contains) stolen goods or prohibited
articles such as offensive weapons.…

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Being told that independent legal advice is available free, and being allowed to consult privately with a solicitor
Being allowed to consult the Code of Practice

For most offences the police may only detain a person for a maximum of 24 hours (the Criminal Justice Bill going
through parliament…


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