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1. Dear *****, you can ask for a copy of the police statement as part of the criminal process, under a disclosure order, once you have been charged with an offence. However, you will need to make this application before a court and to also give an undertaking that you will use this statement solely in order to defend your criminal charge. The police never hand out statements merely because someone requests one. A statement can be obtained as part of the bundle for criminal proceedings but any defendant must undertake to not use it for extraneous purposes before they will be given it. It is important that you appear reasonable when making such an application as the police can object if they believe there might be some interference with the witness. So, you should not pursue the matter aggressively with the police. Leave it to the court disclosure application to get the statement.
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