All criminal offences to become arrestable

Every criminal offence in England and Wales from littering to daubing graffiti will become arrestable in theory under proposals published by the government that aim to simplify the law.
The plans, set out in a consultation document, would also extend police powers over searching homes and individuals and allow them to fingerprint suspects on the spot.
The Home Office said the proposals sought to tidy up laws that were often bewildering to officers and the public but they are expected to draw strong opposition from civil liberties’ groups who argue the police already have sufficient powers.
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