Bexley Square, Salford Magistrates Court
Tens of thousands of murderers, rapists and violent criminals could escape prosecution following a "bizarre" legal ruling.
The ruling, made by a district judge at Salford Magistrates' Court and backed by the High Court, means an end to the practice of releasing people on bail and calling them back for further questioning later - a common practice in most major inquiries.
Police forces can no longer put anyone out on bail for more than 96 hours without either being in a position to charge or release them.
After the four days is up, officers can no longer question suspects and can only re-arrest them if they have new evidence, the ruling says.
Police chiefs have been left baffled by the "bizarre" ruling and both the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) are currently considering the ramifications for forces across England and Wales.
The ruling was made by a district judge at Salford Magistrates' Court who said that the detention clock continues to run while the suspect is on bail from the police station.
Paul Hookway, a murder suspect, was first arrested at 12.40pm on November 7 last year.
A superintendent granted permission for him to be detained for up to 36 hours for questioning, but he was released on bail after about 28 hours.
Five months later, on April 5, police applied to the courts to extend the period of detention from 36 hours to the maximum allowed of 96 hours.
But the district judge refused the application, saying that the 96 hours had expired months ago.
RWB spoke to Gary Tumulty and Keith Fairhurst, officials of the Salford branch of the British National Party, who both agreed that this ruling, made by a politically correct, common purpose judge, had huge implications in future prosecutions of murderers and sex offenders.
'It is quite astonishing that a judge would work against the Police, the Crown Prosecution Service, and all the other services that enforce the law in Britain, and make such a bizzare, and rather disturbing judgement such as this' said Mr Fairhurst. 'It's as if he is saying that criminals are home free once bailed. A British National Party Government would never allow anything like this to happen'
Mr Tumulty added 'To be honest, it doesn't surprise me at all. I used to work at Salford magistrates, and I saw and heard some very interesting things that I'm sure they don't want the public to know. There will be more to follow on that' he concluded.
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