Where initial suspicion rested on three people it was appropriate to hold all three until they were all interviewed before deciding whether there was enough evidence to warrant a charge against any of them. There was no requirement in law that the arresting officer had to have first-hand knowledge of the reasonable suspicion, so long as the information came from a source that was reasonable for the officer to rely on. It was wrong to adopt an over-lawyerly approach which required an officer to refer to the class of the drug on arrest because they had no power of arrest in relation to a Class C drug.

CA (Civ Div) (Brooke LJ, Sedley LJ, Sir Christopher Staughton)

05/04/2000

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