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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 1 month ago

Are you legally required to give the police your name and address in a spot check (UK)?

In UK if the the police stop you with no suspicion of a law being broken and ask for your name and address, do you HAVE to tell them your name and address?

Are you breaking the law if you don't?

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  • 1 month ago
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    1. If they stop you, they MUST tell you what they suspect you of. The exception is when they are conducting random searches because of an ongoing situation in the area. If you feel you were stopped unjustly, you can file a complaint: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/scotland/law-and...

    2. If they ask for your details and you refuse, or give false information, you ARE committing an offence and can be arrested as a result. Note that the police MUST tell you WHY they want the details first.

    Note that the above are also true if the police believe that you were a WITNESS to another incident.

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  • JonZ
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Yes! Get over it!

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  • 1 month ago

    Afraid so. They can detain you until they confirm your identity if you don't. A way around this is to never carry ID and memorise someone else's details, but be careful who you pick, academics are good, they rarely get into trouble and frequently publish the details you need to pass a quick police check.

  • Bob
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    No you don't. They can ask but you are not legally bound to answer.

    • Bob
      Lv 5
      1 month agoReport

      https://www.gov.uk/police-powers-to-stop-and-search-your-rights

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