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Crime Prevention
Visit the Northumbria Police website for useful crime prevention tips.

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What happens when you are arrested?

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If you are arrested you will normally be handcuffed and told your rights:

“I am arresting you on suspicion of ………...........

”You do not have to say anything. But it may harm your defence if you do not mention when questioned something you later rely on in court.

”Anything you do say may be given in evidence."
The police can arrest and take you into custody with or without a warrant.

You’ll then be taken to a local police station.

If you’re suspected of committing a serious offence, such as murder, a warrant for your arrest will be issued by the police.

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The police can also take you into custody to take your fingerprints or if they have 'reasonable grounds' to think you've committed a crime.

Every police officer must stick to a set of rules when arresting someone - this is called the Police and Criminal Evidence Act of 1984 (PACE).