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My wife's son has a warrant for his arrest for a suspected

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My wife's son has a warrant for his arrest for a suspected car crime from some months ago. She moved in with me Manchester, she and family being from Bradford, in June 2014 and we married in September. Today, 5 Jan 2015, I got a call from West Yorkshire police asking where her son lives, which I don't know, and threatening to come to my work to question me. I've never been in trouble with the police before. Can they threaten me like that?
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There is no wrongdoing in making that specific threat I am afraid.
It depends what he means. If you are to be a witness then he can attend at your work but you can just refuse a statement.
If the argument is that you are habouring him then there are offences in that and he could arrest you. It must be said that officers don't generally but it is possible. That can be done at work I'm afraid.
You can avoid it by getting a solicitor to negotiate an appointment to attend voluntarily.
I am not sure he will take any action really. Arresting you is pointless because it doesn't lead to the person they want. Forcing entry to your house if they are of the view he is there would be more likely.
If he is just conducting enquiries into his whereabouts though then he can go to your place of work I'm afraid. This is a criminal investigation and that takes priority.
Sorry if that is bad news.
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Hi Jo, thanks for response even if not what I want to hear! The last time I saw her son was at wedding last September so how can they suspect I know where he lives when I've never been there. This simply sounds like harassment and an attempt to embarrass me at work. They asked if my wife would speak with him with a view to him going to the police, which she has done, but obviously she can't make him. In light of this can they still harass me?
If you don't know where he is then that is your answer.
They will be talking to any known associate and checking any addresses they know he has stayed at.
Their intention is probably to embarrass you but I'm afraid they are allowed to do it unless, of course, you arrange another date to meet with them elsewhere.