joan the english chick (mamajoan) wrote in little_details,
joan the english chick

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British police procedure circa 1980

The scenario: London, late 1970s/early 1980s. A guy breaks into a home, intending to rob it. The homeowner catches him in the act, knocks him unconscious, and calls police.

1. How many police officers are likely to show up? One car with two cops in it, or a whole bunch of cars? Is it conceivable that the cops will drive up quietly, assuming that it's a ritzy upper-class neighborhood? or will they come roaring in with lights ablaze and sirens screaming?

2. If the homeowner says he doesn't want to press charges, will the burglar still be brought to trial?
2a. if so, will the homeowner be required to testify?
2b. Approx. how much time will elapse between the incident and the start of the trial?
2c. What is the sentence likely to be, assuming that the burglar has no priors?

3. If the homeowner is wealthy and influential enough, is it conceivable that he can convince/bribe the cops to make the whole thing go away? No trial, no police record of the incident, no official report -- he just wants the cops to remove the unconscious burglar from the home and then pretend the whole thing never happened. Feasible?
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