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Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006 at
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This year, I resolve to go down to my local police station and give them a DNA sample. Just to save time, you understand….
Telegraph – Now you can be arrested for any offence: Police are to be given sweeping powers to arrest people for every offence, including dropping litter, failure to wear a seat belt and other minor misdemeanours. The measures, which come into force on Jan 1, are the biggest expansion in decades of police powers to deprive people of their liberty. At present, officers can generally arrest people if they suspect them of committing an offence which carries at least five years in prison. They will now have the discretion to detain someone if they suspect any offence and think that an arrest is “necessary”. The civil liberties organisation Liberty said the change represented “a fundamental shift” in power from the public to the police and the state and was open to misuse.