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No change of PACE for search warrants

Vivien Cochrane and Irene McMillan look at search warrants, the police recording of comments following caution, and recent updates to Codes C, D, and H

13 June 2016

In John Haralambous v St Albans Crown Court and Hertfordshire Constabulary [2016] EWHC 916 (Admin), Hertfordshire police applied
for two search warrants in relation to an
offence of conspiracy to commit fraud by false misrepresentation. The investigation concerned the handling of stolen artwork and other valuable artefacts, resulting in a number of suspects, including the claimant. The police had indicated that if fake or stolen artwork was found at his premises, it would help prove conspiracy between the suspects. The warrants were issued on 14 June 2014 and executed ten days later.

Following a request from the claimant's solicitors for a copy of the information, a redacted copy was received and the claimant applied for disclosure. This was refused on public interest grounds as it would compromise the police investigation and reveal confidential sources.

The claimant applie...

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