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You've arrived at FindLaw's Crime and Justice Centre. Here you will find legal articles about criminal law and the criminal justice system, including information on your rights at the police station, what you should do if arrested and how to find a solicitor.

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Blog: Stop and search: Government announces overhaul of police powers

The Home Secretary has announced that the Government will review police powers to stop and search, in a bid designed to ensure that fewer people are subjected to the practice, reports the BBC.

Currently the police have the power to stop and search any individual they have reasonable grounds to suspect is carrying an illegal weapon, drugs, stolen property or any object which they believe could be used to commit a crime.

Community: Public urination in London

Question: I was on my way home and, when changing from the bus to tube, I was desperate to pee. I tried the bar nearest to where I was and it was locked, so I ended up urinating in a corner. Nobody could see my genitals, so I'm not worried about public indecency, but this was in Hammersmith and Fulham where they have used EPA 1990 to prosecute people who didn't pay their PND for public urination. I'm getting really worried that I was spotted on CCTV and then being tracked with my Oyster card as I got on the bus and receiving a summons. Is this likely?

Discussion: It is highly unlikely they will have tacked you to a bus, obtained CCTV from the bus, got your identity from your oyster account and will send you a summons under the Environment Protection Act 1990.

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