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Do I have to wait 24 hours before I can report a person missing?

There is no rule that states you must wait 24 hours to report a missing person. It depends on the person who is missing, their age, mental state and vulnerability.If the missing person is a child, elderly or a person in vulnerable state, you need ...

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My child, who has learning disabilities / mental health issues, has been the victim of a sexual assault, what support is available and how will the police deal with us?

A disability should not prevent a person's ability to report a crime. Due to the variety of special needs/mental health issues that people experience, forces often provide specialist training for police officers. When a case is reported involvin......

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Do you have any tips for driving in winter conditions / fog?

Driving in icy and snowy weather In winter check the local weather forecast for warnings of icy or snowy weather. DO NOT drive in these conditions unless your journey is essential. If it is, take great care and allow more time for your jo......

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My child has been the victim of a sexual assault, how will the police interview my child and can I be there?

A child (anyone under 18 years of age) is deemed 'vulnerable' and is eligible for Special Measures to assist them to give their evidence in court. One such Special Measure, is the opportunity to have their interview video recorded. The interview t......

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