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Recovering Your Property From The Police

Clients often ask us how they can go about having their property returned to them by the police.

The police seize property routinely in the course of investigations.  Property can be seized from you at the police station or through a search of premises. Those items will be retained by the police to be analysed or for a decision to be made about whether it will be used as evidence in the case.

If your property has been seized during an investigation or proceedings before a court, you are entitled to recover it from the police as long as it is not an exhibit, or of an illegal nature (such as drugs). 

For a free initial consultation on your legal position and the available options, contact our local offices in LondonBirmingham or Manchester.

Once your case has finished and the officers have no further need for the items, they can be released to you.

Your property is normally held at the police station where you were arrested.

If the officer in charge of the case is of the opinion that the items are no longer needed, they will not always inform you that they can be collected.  That is why having proactive solicitors is very important.  Sometimes, an application needs to be made to a court for an order that property be returned.

You should make a note of the following details in order to arrange the return of your items of property :

  1. The name of officer in your case,
  2. Your custody number,
  3. The date of your arrest,
  4. The date the property was taken from you.

This will make it easier to locate your property. You can call our dedicated Police station department on 020 7624 7771 to obtain these details.

Personal items such as your wallet or purse are more likely to be returned to you when you leave the police station as, usually, they will hold no evidential value.

Property such as phones, computers or, ipads that require analysis are likely to be retained as evidence.  There are legal mechanisms by which the police can be required to provide you with a copy of what they have seized even before the case has concluded.  That can be important if you are running a business and need your records.

Items of clothing or items which the police believe were used to help in committing an offence are also likely to be retained as evidence.  Any large amounts of money found in your possession may also be subject to investigation and could be the subject of further proceedings even if the investigation in which it was originally seized has concluded.

The police must now consider releasing suspects on Pre Charge Bail where a case is ongoing. The police must follow a set of rules by law. Read more about the recent Pre-Charge Bail law updates here

If you run into difficulties with the process we are more than happy to provide assistance.

Although this is not covered by Legal aid, we will be able to assist you on a private basis. Please note that our costs may outweigh the value of your items, so we would generally advise that you contact the Police directly first. If the Police are not assisting you, you can make a compliant to a senior police officer, such as the Inspector for your local police station. You could also visit your local magistrates court and make an application for your property to be returned.

To complain about the police services, you can contact them directly or contact the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC)

Please contact 020 7624 7771 and we can advise you of our charges.

 

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