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1. Posted by Bennny (Inactive 2 posts) 4y

Hi all,

I am in a bit of a pickle. To cut a long story short, I live in Germany but I am British. In January 2010, I travelled back to the UK to visit friends and relatives, and after having a couple of drinks one night we decided to go ad get some fast food. On route, we found two old tatty bikes, which were pretty messed up and obviously neglected and took them to ride to our destination. During the journey, a police car went past and I pulled the brake, a little too hard and fell off. Obviously the police were now stopping to talk with us. They questioned us, and asked where we had got the bikes from. We told them and the one copper, decided to arrest us on the charge of "theft by finding". I haven't even heard of this before. The copper had a right chip of his shoulder and you could obviously tell he was one of those one's who was bullied at school or something to turn him into such an arrogant and bitter arsehole. He was with a woman officer who was ready to let us go.
I really enjoy living in Germany and don't really have any problems there, and I come back to my country to find out it's still the same shit, a lot of idiots etc, and this guy just drove me up the wall. When he went to put the handcuffs on, I ran said "no you're not" and ran off. He chased me calling me a "cunt" amongst such words, but I got away. The problem, they already had my details. The next day they came to the house looking for me but I wasn't there, so I eventually held myself in. They detained me and interviewed me and actually we had a bit of a laugh, the officers were nice (he clearly wasn't there) and told me to go to court in one month. The court date was after my flight date and I couldn't afford another so just flew back home.

It's been almost 2 years and there have been multiple letters saying there is an arrest warrant out for me. One month ago, they sent a letter saying that they are "reviewing the warrant" - presumably to see whether they want to continure waisting time and recourses looking for me. There was another letter after saying yes they do, but it will be reviewed again in just one more month. Well, unfortunately my Nan, bless her is in hospital with the high possibility of passing away very soon. She was the person who raised me and I lived with her doing everything together for 20 years. It's off topic but basically she is my Mother. I flew back to the UK yesterday. I remember, last time when there was no warrant, the passport people saying to me that the electronic chip in my passport was broke, probably because it was always in my back pocket because I used it as ID. So on arrival, I couldn't use the scanning machine, and showed it to a bloke who just looked and said "alright mate".

I will be flying back in 2 days. I am wondering if it will be any different leaving the country. Will they simply try to scan it, it won't work then look at it and let me through, or will they type the information into a computer. I am wondering if they type my details in, will it show an alert because of my warrant? I am not even sure if my passport was even flagged. When they check your passport leaving, is it a more extensive check than arriving? Or just exactly the same? It's only a short haul flight, 1 hour 20 minutes within the EU of course, i'm not sure if that changes anything.

The problem is you see, my Nan is my only close family here. It is highly likely that she passes away. I don't have anywhere to live here, I am just no longer really a british citizen, my life is abroad. I can't deal with this shit when i have bigger fish to fry. I know a lot of you will just think "Oh, you should just sort it out" or "You shouldn't have done it", but it has happened. I am not an idiot nor am I stupid but I am pissed of with this stupid little country throing it's weight around. Maybe next time they could shift their time and focus to some of Britains alternative problem makers, and there are many. Your input would be highly appreciated.

Benny.

2. Posted by jeanie99 (Full Member 155 posts) 4y

Benny what a plonka you are, what the hell are you messing at you sound like a spoilt brat.

I'm not going to say what I actually think I'm biting my tongue.

This is going to be sat on your shoulder forever until you get it sorted, face up to it don't be a whimp.

Stay in the UK get this sorted and you can get on with your life living anywhere you want.

You know that's what you need to do so get on with it.

I dread to think how you would cope with something really serious.
Jeanie

3. Posted by mikedex (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4y

George W Bush has had to call off a trip to Switzerland next weekend amid planned protests by human rights groups over the treatment of detainees at Guantánamo Bay and the threat of a warrant for his arrest.

4. Posted by Bennny (Inactive 2 posts) 4y

Quoting jeanie99

Benny what a plonka you are, what the hell are you messing at you sound like a spoilt brat.

I'm not going to say what I actually think I'm biting my tongue.

This is going to be sat on your shoulder forever until you get it sorted, face up to it don't be a whimp.

Stay in the UK get this sorted and you can get on with your life living anywhere you want.

You know that's what you need to do so get on with it.

I dread to think how you would cope with something really serious.
Jeanie

Jeanie, you sound like a typical example of todays locked down society. Just because YOU would do that in my situation doesn't mean I should. Just because the rules say so, doesn't mean that's the right thing to do. The rules were put there by people like you and me, not a higher being.
I grew up on one of the roughest estates in the area, in council housing, with little chance of anything. I gave myself an education and I am not spoilt. I'm lucky I got out when i did. Go on then, tell me what you really think, I'd love to hear it.

5. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2422 posts) 4y

Get it straightened out before you try to leave the UK. If it happened as you say it did then it will be no big deal. Lose the attitude and you'll easily be able to get it squared away with no hassle or drama - a couple of hours in court and a slap on the wrist and you should be on your way.

Good luck.

Cheers,
Terry

6. Posted by LS13 (Budding Member 9 posts) 4y

Daft thing is its such a minor offence (if it played out as you said) that it would have been thrown out before getting to court anyway. You should have just written and said you;d be out of the country and could you plead by post if indeed they proceeded with it. You'd have got a 50 quid fine and bound over for a year, at most.

You've probably made it worse by avoiding it. You'd have been better arriving by boat as passport checks are less rigid at ports--is it still too late to do that? If I was you I'd arrive by sea, see your gran then go to the cop shop and give yourself up and say you werent aware they were looking for you. They probably will take it to court now though so you might have to be prepared to come back again....

7. Posted by Beckiboo (Respected Member 134 posts) 4y

Hmmm you would probably get away with it fine, just don't get your passport scanned. On the other hand, there is a chance that if your passport is scanned or your name flagged upon entry, you're going to find yourself in a lot of bother.

The worst they will probably do is fine you. Do you have enough money to pay quite a hefty fine? Having said that, because you've already "done a runner" there's a good chance they'll shove you in a cell until they decide what to do with you.

I'd make some investigations now. Call up the citizens advice bereau and find out how long thw warrant for your arrest will stay valid, especially as it was for a very minor offence. It might be worth pleading total ignorance, saying you were drunk and didn't realise you were actually arrested. As the above poster said, the chances of them wasting precious resources and time taking it to court is slim, but they will most definitely make you pay.

I'd get it sorted now, otherwise it'll hang over your head forever!

8. Posted by QDtraveller (Budding Member 5 posts) 4y

Whatever airport you go to, there's a high likelihood your passport will be scanned.

I'd also vote for going by ferry and then turning yourself in. The more you run away from it, the worse it gets. It will also look better if you turn yourself in, and it's going to have to be sorted at some time or another because your passport will expire at some point so presumably you'll have to get it renewed.

You've come on here asking what to do, so people are going to say what they would do and what they would have done in your situation. You're blaming the system, and yes it totally sucks at times, but unfortunately, it is what it is. The things you do and how you live your life IS totally up to you, but I think you're missing the point if you aren't aware that you've made it worse for yourself by not tackling this head on earlier.

However, what's in the past is in the past and there's nothing you can do to change it, all you can do now is try to get it sorted with the best outcome for you. I hope your grandmother pulls through or passes peacefully and you get this sorted out with the least amount of hassle.

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