The BBC have just reported that the government are considering emergency legislation to resolve the problems revolving around Hookway.
As one of the most respected news agencies in the UK how can they get things so wrong? Their summary was that since the decision the police can only bail somebody for a maximum of 4 days. How odd that the media have grabbed onto this 4 day (96hr) limit and believe it to be our standard power. We have 24hrs, 36 if certain criteria are met.
So for example. If the judgement is followed to the letter. A male arrested for theft arrives in custody at 11pm. He is drunk and deemed not to be fit for interview until the morning. At 8am an officer is allocated the job and requests the CCTV from the store that wasn’t available overnight. It takes 2 hours for this to be done. The male wants a solicitor. He is eventually interviewed at 1pm. He denies the offence and offers an alibi. We try to contact the alibi but are unable to do so. We cannot consider charge until we have ruled out the alibi so are forced to bail at 3pm. Male has been in custody for 16hrs.
Under the Hookway judgement we cannot bail this man for 4 days. We can bail him for 8hrs at which point the clock will have expired. Do you now as a law abiding citizen fearing crime see how absurd this judgement is?
Why is it that media companies peddle such misinformation from a position of little to no understanding of real police work? Then again isn’t this what is mirrored in this risible judgement?