My understanding is that I am not obliged to give my details in this situation, I had not committed an offence of any kind...I was in Tesco had lost my partner so was hanging around the store...Tesco staff became concerned and contacted the police...I assured them that I was fine but did not wish to give them any further information about myself
According to Tesco no complaint had been made, they were concerned for my well being...Tesco at no point had any conversation with me to ask about my well being. I am a 62 year old female never been in any trouble at all. Tesco apparently phoned police to see if there was any missing person that might fit my description...there was not. Police said we'll pop over and have a chat with her. The chat, when I gave minimal information culminated in my being threatened with arrest unless I gave them my details. It's also worth noting that The officers at no point gave me their details...name number etc
So I was refusing to give my details I was not suspected of committing nor intending to commit an offence, they were apparently concerned for my welfare although I was assuring them I was fine, no drink/drugs/ polite/respectful etc,,,,in these circumstances were they right to say they had no alternative but to arrest me if I did not give them my details?
So they cannot arrest or threaten to arrest me on grounds of concern for my welfare and refusing to give details..is that correct?
As there was no offence nor any suspicion at all that I might commit and offence do I take it that I potentially have grounds to express dissatisfaction or make a complaint?
Are they not obliged to give me their name number station?
And finally if, given that what I have said "seems to give rise to a complaint" what would be the grounds of that complaint please?
many thanks for your assistance so far
I have now made an official complaint against the police and have requested Tesco to supply me with CCTV footage and staff statements. I am persuing this not just for me but due to a wider concern that there may be a police culture in my area that they have the ability to make threats without the power to act and to force someone to stay with them if s/he is stopped to account for actions.
The officers concerned and their line manager sergeant are away until 26/6; the line manager sergeant will be contacting me then (although I have given details of my complaint to a colleague sergeant of his. I have also arranged an appointment with my AM (welsh Assembly Member).
Do you have further advice on this bearing in mind that their defence will be concern for welfare?
Feedback left for you "excellent service".
Basically ant essential dos and donts in following this through?
Any additional advice?