Reporting a crime

Telling the police

If you witness a crime you have a vital role to play in bringing the criminals to justice. You may well be feeling upset and have doubts about reporting what you have seen. There is no legal obligation to contact the police, but the information you give them could bring a criminal to justice. Reporting the crime to the police could prevent further crimes being committed and protect others from becoming victims.

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Investigating Crime

The next stage is investigation, where the police gather evidence. The police may ask you to tour the area where the offence happened to help identify the offender. They may also ask you to look at photographs or attend an identification parade.

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Witness intimidation is very rare. If you are worried about intimidation there are several things that can be done to help

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Keeping you informed

Once a suspect has been charged the police will ensure that you are supported and kept informed about the progress of the case. They will also, along with volunteers from Victim Support, provide practical and emotional support.


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