Malnourished scrotes selling nicked bike parts outside my house
Just setting off with a bike strapped to roof, reverse out of space and set off only to be immediately flagged down by aforementioned scrote, carrying a Sports Direct bag:
Scrote: I see you’re into bikes *eyes rather expensive bike on roof*, want to buy some disk brakes? *holds up bag*
Me: Naw *drives off*
So I stop around the corner and can’t remember the non emergency number for the cops. I turn around and go looking for him to see which way he went, can’t see him, so assume he went through the park. So I drive to the cop shop and give them a description and location and head off for my ride.
Obviously this **** knows roughly where I live now, which really pisses me off. The bikes are now in the house.
What, if anything, could I have done differently? Can members of the public detain someone under suspicion of handling stolen goods?
Glad I’m putting the house on the market soon. 😐Posted 4 years agojohnellisonMember
Can members of the public detain someone under suspicion of handling stolen goods?
In England and Wales, under Section 24A of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act of 1984, for an indictable offence, any person can arrest anyone who is in the act of committing an offence, or whom the arrestor has reasonable grounds for suspecting to be in the act of committing an offence; or, where an offence has been committed, anyone who is guilty of that offence or whom the arrestor has reasonable grounds for suspecting to be guilty of it.
So yes, you could have made a citizen’s arrest based on those two premises.
However, you also have to meet the following conditions – 1) it appears to the person making the arrest that it is not reasonably practicable for a constable to make the arrest instead; and 2) the arrestor has reasonable grounds for believing that the arrest is necessary to prevent the person being arrested from causing physical harm to him/herself or others; from being subject to physical harm; causing loss of or damage to property; or the person absconding before a constable can take responsibility for them.
So strictly speaking, you would have been within your rights because a) you suspected that an offence was being committed; b) it was not practical for a constable to make the arrest there and then; and c) you were concerned that the perp may abscond before a constable could take responsibility.Posted 4 years ago
It was in Dunfermline, so I’m not sure if it’s the same case north of the border.
I’m sure the legal niceties of a citizens arrest will be very comforting as said scrote smashes you round the head with his bag of stolen goodies and does a runner
Well you have to assess these situations as they arise, clearly if I was concerned about my ability to both overpower and detain someone and then contact the police, then I wouldn’t. In this instance, in hindsight, I’m pretty confident I could have detained him, but had no means of contacting police as my phone was in the camelbak/boot and no neighbours around to call police/assist. But that’s the risk you run, yes.Posted 4 years agostAn-Bad Brains MBCMember
Tell him you’re OK for disc brakes, see if he can get you some 501’s and a couple of Fred Perry tops, and some proper Armani perfume for the missus. Share a fag with him put in a regular order – your bike will be safe in the garden and you’ll get cheap clobber as and when. Both happy.Posted 4 years ago
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