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Crime and Security Bill

Part of Bill Presented — Pedicabs Bill – in the House of Commons at 6:44 pm on 18th January 2010.

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Photo of Humfrey Malins Humfrey Malins Conservative, Woking 6:44 pm, 18th January 2010

The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. He has extensive legal experience and makes the point, which I was about to make, that the ability of the police to act in relation to charges of common assault, ABH and so on is not restricted to just charging a person. Rather, they can deal with the issue in exactly the same way that is proposed in the Bill, namely through the granting of bail or not. So if I go to the police station and I am charged, the police can make it a condition of bail that I do not attend the premises or go within 100 metres of it, and so on. Therefore, my direct question is: what exactly is not covered in the law as it stands today that the Bill seeks to cover?

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