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Watched this last night and was quite disturbed by the Police trying to kick someone's door down. As far as I'm aware this is illegal. They need a warrant to enter someone's house unless its a serious

Or dangerous incident. Who do these people think they are.

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The Police. They wouldn't open the door although it was obvious they were in. What do you do? Say OK then and walk away?

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You don't have to open the door to anyone.

 

No, the Police will do it for you.thumbsup.gif

This TT Blues is covered in the "Film & Television" forum

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It's probably a bit of a grey area: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/law-and-rights/legal-system/police/police-powers/#Powersofentry

 

Powers of entry When can the police enter and search

Police can only enter premises without a warrant if a serious or dangerous incident has taken place.

Situations in which the police can enter premises without a warrant include when they want to:

  • deal with a breach of the peace or prevent it
  • enforce an arrest warrant
  • arrest a person in connection with certain offences
  • recapture someone who has escaped from custody
  • save life or prevent serious damage to property.

Apart from when they are preventing serious injury to life or property, the police must have reasonable grounds for believing that the person they are looking for is on the premises.

If the police do arrest you, they can also enter and search any premises where you were during or immediately before the arrest. They can search only for evidence relating to the offence for which you have been arrested or to some other offence which is connected with or similar to that offence, and they must have reasonable grounds for believing there is evidence there. They can also search any premises occupied by someone who is under arrest for certain serious offences. Again, the police officer who carries out the search must have reasonable grounds for suspecting that there is evidence on the premises relating to the offence or a similar offence.

In other circumstances, the police must have a search warrant before they can enter the premises. They should enter property at a reasonable hour unless this would frustrate their search. When the occupier is present, the police must ask for permission to search the property – again, unless it would frustrate the search to do this.

When they are carrying out a search police officers must:

  • identify themselves and - if they are not in uniform - show their warrant card, and
  • explain why they want to search, the rights of the occupier and whether the search is made with a search warrant or not.

If the police have a warrant, they can force entry if:

  • the occupier has refused entry, or
  • it is impossible to communicate with the occupier, or
  • the occupier is absent, or
  • the premises are unoccupied, or
  • they have reasonable grounds for believing that if they do not force entry it would hinder the search, or someone would be placed in danger.
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Not a grey area at all. Why do we have judges who issue search warrants. The police have no right to kick your door in because they "think they smell cannabis" in a communal block of flats.

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Watched this last night and was quite disturbed by the Police trying to kick someone's door down. As far as I'm aware this is illegal. They need a warrant to enter someone's house unless its a serious

Or dangerous incident. Who do these people think they are.

no they don't.

 

they smell cannabis coming from the address possession of cannabis is an offence which means they have the power to enter the property using force if required.

 

no doubt you'll say I'm wrong etc but save yourself time I'm not.

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He didn't break the door down anyway, he kicked it like a girl and the occupant opened it.

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Situations in which the police can enter premises without a warrant include when they want to:

 

I made it a little more concise for you slinky.

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Its not a serious or dangerous incident so no they don't.

4 ways an officer can enter address

 

warrant

arrestable offence

recapture persons unlawfully at large

save life and limb

 

possession of cannabis is an arrestable offence therefore they have the power to use force to enter

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Not a grey area at all. Why do we have judges who issue search warrants. The police have no right to kick your door in because they "think they smell cannabis" in a communal block of flats.

 

They were stood outside the guy's window.

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