Paul Dillon, from our London-based private client team, was instructed by a family member following a search by the Metropolitan Police of their home address in respect of an allegation involving the uploading of indecent images of children.
During the course of the search, which was supported by a warrant issued by the Magistrates Court, several devices were seized by police. None of the family members had ever had any contact with the police or, indeed, the criminal justice system and were understandably very upset at the situation.
Paul was able to liaise directly with the officer in the case and ensure that the family were fully updated in relation to the investigation. The police were also uncertain as to which family member may have been responsible, which added to the family’s feeling of uncertainty.
After some weeks, the police were able to confirm that no actual indecent images of children had been found on the devices, but the family were asked to attend Kensington police station to be given words of advice.
Paul was able to explain the outcome of the police investigation and was present during the engagement with the officer to ensure their rights were protected.
The result of dealing with the matter in this way was that there had been virtually no footprint left by the family to have possible ramifications in the future in relation to any DBS checks.