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Citizen’s Arrest…what does this mean?

BBC News correspondent Sean Dilley, who is blind, defeated a mugger who stole his phone and handed him over to police custody.


During the past 12-months more women (27%) than men (16%) reported that they had experienced at least one form of harassment!


Note - as you read the following your safety is of paramount importance. No one should be expected to knowingly compromise their personal safety, particularly if they feel they are about be seriously harmed!


The law states that anybody can arrest a person who is committing an indictable offence. The law also states that anybody can arrest a person if they have reasonable grounds to suspect that they are committing an indictable offence. Anyone attempting an arrest where they suspect a serious criminal act is/has taken place must intend to hand that person over the custody of the police as soon as possible.


Section 24A (Arrest without warrant: other persons) of Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984

(1) A person other than a constable may arrest without a warrant—

(a) anyone who is in the act of committing an indictable offence;

(b) anyone whom he has reasonable grounds for suspecting to be committing an indictable offence.

(2) Where an indictable offence has been committed, a person other than a constable may arrest without a warrant—

(a) anyone who is guilty of the offence;

(b) anyone whom he has reasonable grounds for suspecting to be guilty of it.

(3) But the power of summary arrest conferred by subsection (1) or (2) is exercisable only if—

(a) the person making the arrest has reasonable grounds for believing that for any of the reasons mentioned in subsection (4) it is necessary to arrest the person in question; and

(b) it appears to the person making the arrest that it is not reasonably practicable for a constable to make it instead.

(4) The reasons are to prevent the person in question—

(a) causing physical injury to himself or any other person;

(b) suffering physical injury;

(c) causing loss of or damage to property; or

(d) making off before a constable can assume responsibility for him.

(5) This section does not apply in relation to an offence under Part 3 or 3A of the Public Order Act 1986.


What is an Indictable offence? It is a more serious type of offence which is usually tried in a Crown Court.


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Sean Dilley defeated the mugger by using reasonable force to detain and restrain him until the arrival of the police - https://lnkd.in/eaFV7xvj



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