Three arrests made in Tamworth drugs operation

Monday, 15th June 2020

OFFICERS made three arrests as part of an operation to crack down on drug dealing in Tamworth.

The arrests were made between 1400 BST and 1600 BST on Friday afternoon (June 12).

A blue Ford Focus was stopped in Sandy Way, Tamworth and a 30-year-old man from the local area was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cocaine.

Shortly after officers stopped a black Vauxhall in Buckingham Road. A local man, aged 38, was arrested for being concerned in the supply of class A drugs. He has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Finally, two men were searched in Tame Drive. A 22-year-old from the West Midlands was arrested for being concerned in the supply of class A drugs. Another man, aged 23, was cautioned for possession of cannabis.

You can pass information on drugs and other crimes to Staffordshire Police by calling 101, via their website or via their Facebook or Twitter pages.

You can also report information about drugs and other crime by contacting the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at 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 affects 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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