Monday, Sept 1, 2008
Supermarket police cells could be set up in shopping malls and town centres to hold shoplifters, drunks and other short-term offenders.
The short-term lockups could hold prisoners for up to four hours where they would be finger-printed, photographed and have a DNA sample taken.
They would allow beat bobbies to remove offenders from circulation without spending too long off the street themselves.
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Offenders held in the cells could then either be released with a fine, or referred for further action or charging.
The so-called “supermarket cells” have already been piloted in Selfridges on Oxford Street.
The plans are outlined in the a review of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act as part of the first major shakeup of law-enforcement powers in more than 20 years.
This article was posted: Monday, September 1, 2008 at 12:10 pm