Teenager arrested following stabbing in Tamworth

Tuesday, 7th May 2019

A TEENAGE boy has been arrested by police after a stabbing in Tamworth at the weekend.

Officers from Staffordshire Police were called at 3.25pm on Sunday 5 May due to reports of a disorder in Lothersdale, Stonydelph.

Emergency services, including an Air Ambulance, rushed to the scene over the Bank Holiday weekend and members of the public reported seeing an area next to the underpass sealed off by officers.

A 20-year-old man suffered knife wounds and was taken to hospital for treatment. The injuries were not life-threatening and he has now been discharged.

A 16-year-old boy from Tamworth, who can not be named for legal reasons, was arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent.

Three other teenagers from Tamworth, aged 15, 17 and 18, were arrested on suspicion of affray.

They have all been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to call Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 414 of 5 May.

You can also report information about crime by contacting the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

Released Under Investigation – what does that mean?

On 3rd April 2017 the Policing and Crime Act 2017 came in to force, this changed the way officers across England and Wales deal with pre-charge bail, meaning that police will now presume individuals will be released without bail and instead are ‘under investigation’, unless specific criteria are met.

Formerly, if a suspect was arrested, there were generally three main options as to what might occur after a person had been questioned and interviewed on tape by the police. They were:

  1. The Suspect would be charged or cautioned with an offence and, if charged, they would be either released to attend court at a specified date in the future or remanded in custody overnight until the following court day when they would appear before the court at that time;
  2. The Suspect would be released having been told that the “Investigation” had been concluded and that there would be “no further action”, thereby meaning that the case had been concluded; or
  3. The Suspect would be released on Police Bail, under what was known as s.47(3)b Bail—this would mean that with or without conditions, the Suspect would be required to return to the Police Station at an appointed date and time, this date could be changed, extended and could mean that case would drag on for many months and in some cases for years.

The third option was the most common—simply because the nature of most police investigations involves the gathering, processing and considering of evidence obtained after a suspect has been formally questioned. To do this, the police would bail them before a decision was made on whether the case would be sent to court on not.

The change in the law and recent procedure effects the ability of the police to release someone on police bail. There is now a statutory maximum, save for certain cases, of up to 28 days. After that period has elapsed, unless the Bail period has been lawfully extended, it is no longer possible to keep someone on bail.

In practice, what the Police are now doing to get around this change in the law is simply releasing a Suspect but telling them that they still “Under Investigation” but “not on bail”

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