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  • Your question must be a general question about the law and/or practice. We cannot provide specific legal advice in relation to individual cases. If this is what you require, you should contact the local police force dealing with the matter directly, and/or contact a solicitor for legal advice.
  • Any response to a question is for reference purposes only and not legal advice; no lawyer-client relationship is created between the person asking the question and the person answering it. Where appropriate, you should consult your own lawyer for legal advice.
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  • Your query and answer may be used to create new content on the Ask the Police website where it will be available for view. Your question will be published anonymously and not include any of your personal information. Your question may be moderated and amended before publication (including the addition of a title). We reserve the right, at our discretion, to edit, remove (in whole or in part) or republish any content on the website.
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