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Don’t panic. You are not alone and it’s not the end of the world! Answer “No comment” to ALL police questions. Even during interviews and ‘casual chats’. Police may try to get you to incriminate yourself and others – but whatever they say, there is no legal requirement to talk to them.
- You have the right to know why you’re being arrested
- You don’t have to give police your details, but if you don’t give a verifiable name and address you may get held for longer
- You will be searched and police are entitled to take photos, fingerprints and a DNA sample (using “reasonable” force if you don’t comply)
- If you have any injuries, ask for an independent doctor to record and photograph them
- You have the right to read your rights while in the police station – ask for the “PACE code of practice”
- You have a right to an interpreter if English is not your first language
- If you are under 18 an appropriate adult should be called
- You have the right to have someone (as well as your solicitor) told that you have been arrested. We suggest you call us
You have the right to free legal advice at the police station. Avoid using the duty solicitor. We recommend:
KELLYS (BRIGHTON): 01273 674898
Please contact Sam Elliot from Bristol Defendant Solidarity so we can keep track of arrests and arrange support. Let BDS know when you are released.
SAM ELLIOT (BDS) : 07510283424
Legal information for demonstrations:
The unexpected can happen – write this on your arm: Bristol Defendant Solidarity – 07510283424. On arrest, answer NO COMMENT to all police questions
- There are no “friendly” chats with the police. They cannot be trusted. Avoid contact and conversation with them, as everything you say can be used in evidence against you or others.
- Stop and search – Before a search you must be told the name of the cop searching you, the reason you are being searched and what “power” (what law) you are being searched under.
- You do not have to give your name and address or answer questions under any search power (unless driving). That said, if police “reasonably” believe an individual has committed antisocial behaviour, they can be required to give their name and address under s50 of the Police Reform Act.
- Police have the power to demand the removal of masks under 60AA of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act, but ONLY if a section 60 or section 60AA order is in place.
- If you see an arrest – Write down a description of the person arrested, where and when it happened, and any other relevant information. Then call Arrest Support (BDS 07510283424).
Contact Bristol Defendant Solidarity with information and if you can be a witness. Be careful what you say on the phone. We can arrange a meeting.
Learn about the law. Know your rights and police powers. For further information see bristolabc.wordpress.com/defendant-solidarity