7. Information for ongoing support

Download and print our Police Station Support Arrestees Form to help you to record information to give ongoing support. GBC not only assist defendants with their defence, but also offer advice on how to sue the police.

Once the arrestee has taken a moment to enjoy their freedom, and perhaps over a cup of tea, it’s very useful to ask for the following information:

  • Name and contact information.
  • If they have been charged.
  • NO? If they have been bailed to reappear at the station.
  • YES? What they have been charged with.
  • Where and when they are due to appear in court.
  • Whether they can be contacted for defendants meetings or court support.
  • If they are, understandably, wary about giving you their details ask them to look up LDMG and / or GBC
    and seriously consider getting in touch later. Even better, give them a leaflet to take away.
  • Encourage them to write up a statement as to what happened while it is still fresh in their mind and to keep it safe.
  • Check they have a solicitor, ask who it is and encourage them to contact one if not. If they have used the
    duty solicitor, encourage them to consider getting in touch with Bindmans/Hodge Jones and Allen (or
    whoever others are using) to discuss using them instead.
  • Tell them about any defendants meeting (if one has been organised in advance).
  • For them to be given this information and more in leaflet where possible containing info about who GBC/LDMG are and advice on what to do in coming days.

They will be clutching a release form with all the details on it and so ask to see it, explain why, and take down thedetails.

If they don’t want ongoing support, ask whether they are happy to give information about their arrest even if not giving their contact details or future court/bail dates.

In some cases you might like to install them into a corner of a nearby pub or warm cafe while you wait for others to be released or while you arrange for them to get a lift home.

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.