Enquiries have been made about the status of Police Information Notices (PINs), sometimes called Harassment Warning Notices, which the police may issue where there are allegations of harassment.

Police PIN notices are not provided for in the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 and do not in themselves constitute any kind of formal legal action. Therefore there is no formal police procedure which must be followed, and not set time limit during which they have effect.

They are not formal police cautions, and signing one does not imply that the alleged harassment has taken place. However the police may use  Police PIN Notices in future legal proceedings, and there is some guidance on what should be included in them. The decision about whether to issue them is purely an operational matter for the police.

For further information or advice contact the Family Team at Ringrose Law, in Boston, Grantham, Lincoln, Sleaford, Spalding, Newark or call Nichola on 01529 301300.

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