2. What to take with you

It is usual for arrestees to have their belongings taken away by the police – phones, wallets, and sometimes clothes.

If you can organise it, having something for them to eat and drink, some cash to help people get home and a charged phone so they can make a call is good.

In an ideal world, you’ll have with you:

  • A mobile phone and charger and lots of credit.
  • Money in change for a landline / phonebox just in case.
  • Phone numbers for the legal support office, the solicitors, all police stations (or at least the one you are at), a few local taxi numbers, info on safe spaces, local B&Bs or other local accommodation wherever possible.
  • Transport and a driver wherever possible.
  • Pencil and paper, spare pens for emergencies.
  • Leaflets about LDMG, GBC and/or whoever else is offering legal support.
  • Police station support record sheets – to be completed as much as possible.
  • Food and drink for yourself.
  • Warm clothing – you could be hanging around late at night.
  • A good book – you could be there a while.
  • Enough money to pay for taxi fares, food, coffee, beer and possibly accommodation for released arrestees.
  • Food (where possible it should be vegan), drinks, cigarettes, newspapers and books for arrestees while they are in the police station
    (NB all food will need to be in unopened, sealed packets so no home made sandwiches and cake! Drinks will need to be tetrapacks or unopened plastic bottles and obviously no alcohol will be allowed in).
  • Anything else that they might need eg. dry clothes and medication.

Key Messages

  • No Comment
  • You do not need to answer police questions, so don’t.
  • No Personal Details
  • You don't have to give details under ANY stop and search power.
  • No Duty Solicitor
  • Use a recommended solicitor with protest experience.
  • No Caution
  • They admit guilt for an alleged offence that might never get to court.
  • What Power?
  • Ask "What power?" to challenge a police officer to act lawfully.