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The law is clear and unforgiving - if your presence, knowledge or actions lead to a serious crime such as murder you too could be charged with murder. This is referred to in law as 'joint enterprise'. Find out more about joint enterprise.

Carrying a gun

• If you hide guns for others you're putting your own life at risk. • Get caught with a gun and you could face 5 years in prison, whether you're male or female. This doesn't have to be your future.

Carrying a knife

• If you carry a knife you could go to prison for 4 years. • You could serve a life sentence if found guilty of murder • The law is clear and unforgiving - you don't have to have your hand on the knife to be convicted for murder. If you are with theknife man you too could be found guilty of the killing. • The law places a heavy burden on young people in groups. You need to ask yourself constantly who is in a group, are they carrying weapons and what might they do with those weapons? • This is referred to in law as joint enterprise. Find out more about joint enterprise.

Stop and Search

Why is it done?

Stop and Search powers can help the police detect and prevent crime and make our communities safer.

What is a stop and search?

A stop and search is when a police officer stops you and searches you, your clothing and anything you are carrying, your vehicle and any passengers. Only a police officer can stop and search you, however, under the Terrorism Act 2000, police community support officers may search your vehicle and bag under the supervision of a police officer. You can be stopped and searched: • If police think you are carrying a weapon, drugs or stolen property • If there has been, or there is the possibility of serious violence or disorder in the area • If police are looking for a suspect who fits your description • If police believe you have committed a crime • As part of anti-terrorism efforts. You can be searched in a public place or anywhere if the police believe you have committed a crime.

What happens if i am stopped and searched?

Before you are searched, the police officer should tell you: • That you must wait to be searched • What law they are using and your rights • Their name • The station they work at • Why they chose you • What they are looking for • That you have a right to be given a form straight away showing details of the stop and search.
A record is made of the stop and search process, this ensures an officer is accountable for his or her actions and enables monitoring of the use of stop and search powers which helps to ensure that their use is fair. The police will ask you for your name, address and date of birth. You do not have to give this information if you don’t want to unless the police say they arereporting you for an offence. If this is the case then you could be arrested if you do not tell them. The record must contain the following information: • Officer details • The date, time and place of the stop and search • The object, reason and outcome of the stop and search • Your self-defined ethnicity • The vehicle registration number (if relevant) • Your name or, if withheld, a description
Find out more by watching our video about Stop and Search


What is bail?

Bail is granted when a person is released from custody until the next date when they attend court or the police station. If bail is refused, this will be because the police or the court believes that, if released on bail the person will abscond (not turn up at court), commit an offence, interfere with witnesses or otherwise interfere with the criminal justice process.

What is police bail?

If there is not enough evidence to charge you, you will be releasedon police bail, while the police make enquiries. You do not have to pay to be released on police bail, but you must return to the police station for further questioning. You will be given a date and time to return to the police station when you may be charged with the offence you were arrested for.

What are the different types of bail?

Conditional bail

The police and courts can insist on anything necessary to make sure that a defendant goes to court and does not commit offences or interfere with witnesses whilst on bail. Conditions can also be set for the defendant's own protection or welfare (where he is a child or young person). Common conditions include not going within a certain distance of a witness's house, or being subject to a curfew. If a defendant is reported or believed to have breached (gone against) a bail condition, they can be arrested and brought before a magistrates' court, which may then mean the person is in taken into custody.

Unconditional bail

If the police or court think that the defendant is unlikely to commit further offences, they will attend court when required and they will not interfere with the justice process, they will usually be released on unconditional bail.

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