Hello. I am finding this all fascinating reading and I'm sure the answer to my question(s) are in here somewhere however I've yet to locate them. I hope some people won't mind helping or pointing me in the right direction. I'm also a bit blown away and confused by everything at the moment as well so please excuse my rambling, I think I have too many questions about how I can use this information in my life but I'll try to be brief.
A couple of years ago, whilst walking back from being at the beach, past The Brighton Centre, my friend and I were followed for some time by two shady looking fellows, who disappeared to be replaced by two policy men (I don't know if the two events are related) intent on asking what we're were doing. This was at the time of the party political thing, whatever they do down there so there was a pretty hefty police presence in the area, including armed officers outside the building and those big huge concrete bollard things.
I initially refused to give my name to which the officer stated some anti-terror legislation and said he was entitled to find out bla bla. After I asked why and stuff, (I don't remember really it was some time ago) the conversation went round to well if I won't tell him then we'll have to go down the station and sort it out there. I asked which station it would be as I happen to know the local one is closer to my house than where we were and we were quite a step away from being home so I kind of thought I would be OK as I'd get a ride half way home.
More threats from the officer and I gave in.. in a really STUPiD.. (and I know it was), way. I know shouldn't have done it but I just made some random name and D.O.B up (april 1st of all things) to which the officer warbled something in the radio and we were free to go. phew and thank god he didn't ask me what my star sign or something was. He didn't ask to search me or anything.
I suppose my question is, because I am on the police database, (I've had a couple of run ins, nothing too serious; wont go in to it here) what happens when we get to the station and they want to put my fingers through that machine to find out my identity... can I refuse and what are the implications if I do?
Is the answer just to say nothing and eventually, whatever the circumstances, (so long as there's no evidence of, you know, something serious) they'll let you go?
The other challenge I have at the moment is to do with council tax. I admit to being ignorant about everything to do with this stuff, I've just been doing what I'm told - more or less - Anyway I had the summons and didn't go to court to contest my liability to pay so it got passed on to a bailiff who's been trying to recover the debt. I got some card from him via post that I did pay some money back on but I stopped paying anything since January. Last conversation with him before Christmas, (again on the phone I've never met the guy) was if I didn't keep my arrangement he would have to "go down the path of committal" which apparently "nobody wants". I have no idea what "committal" is but it sounds like prison, which is not on my list of places to visit. Either way I haven't heard from the bailiff or the company for a good 7 months. I don't know if there's a question I can formulate about that, perhaps I should think harder but any advice would be good, especially given I'm going to be "liable" for council tax this year, and the next, etc.
Hope you can understand how all this stuff can seem a bit confusing and daunting please excuse my ignorance, I am trying to learn.
Thanks for your time.