What happens if you or someone you know is arrested (custody)?


Your rights if you are arrested

The Home Office website provides details about your rights if you are arrested.

Your right to information

If you know, or suspect, someone you know has been arrested there are limitations about what information we can provide you.

Phone calls

  • There are legal restrictions around phone calls in custody suites
  • Cheshire Police do not put calls through to the custody suites
  • The detained person does have a right to make a phone call and the right to have someone told of their detention (except in specific circumstances). They will also be allowed to make a phone call to arrange transport home on release.

Where the detained person requires the attendance of an appropriate adult, the custody suite will contact the identified person directly.

Giving out details of people in custody

Due to Data Protection and privacy laws, custody officers are not allowed to disclose to anyone over the phone or in person if someone is under arrest and in custody, unless the detainee gives their permission for the information to be disclosed or they are a juvenile or vulnerable adult.

If you need to provide information about someone in custody

If you have important information relevant to the safety or welfare of a detained person please contact 101 and speak to an operator who will ensure the appropriate custody suite is informed.

Custody suites in Cheshire

Blacon Custody Suite

Middlewich Custody Suite

Runcorn Custody Suite