The government fully supports the use of pre-charge bail by the police when necessary and proportionate. Pre-charge can initially be granted for 28 days, with extensions available beyond that period.
The importance of pre-charge bail, including rules around extension, are highlighted by guidance produced by the National Police Chief’s Council earlier this year.
The Home Office is working closely with Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary & Fire and Rescue Services as they conduct their in-depth examination of the use of pre-charge bail and “released under investigation”. We will give serious consideration to any recommendations. We will also continue discussions with partners on how we can best ensure effective use and oversight.