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Your answer comes as no surprise.
As you could possibly have work out from the way I framed my question I am a retired detective police officer having retired some years ago.
It is little wonder the public have lost all confidence in the Police, the CPS and the MOJ.
In my day it would have been a charge and an appearance in court for the defendant.
Thank you for your prompt reply.
How right you are !
I policed in an era where I not only did I use my discretion but used it wisely.
I was one of only a very few detectives that had a good professional working relationship with solicitors that represented their clients at the Police Station, often to the disapproval of my peers and senior officers; but I was a maverick (lol).
Have a Happy New Year.