Interesting evening last night....
After a claim made by a third party, I was arrested by police on suspicion of an assault (ie. Physical assault not sexual or anything) on my 14 year old daughter, for whom I am primary carer.
police demanded (not a request of voluntary safekeeping) seizure of firearms and certificate under common law at time of arrest, lots of use of the phrase standard policy and we have to because we got in trouble when we didn't and someone got killed
made clear that if I refused they would use my house keys to enter property and sieze (good luck on finding my cabinet keys I thought) I pointed out that I couldn't see any cause for concern public safety, nor could I see any reason this could not be handled after initial investigations were complete and I had had a chance to make my case. Regardless, I complied with demand, accompanied them to property and gave them cabinet keys, gunslips etc. not worth making it more difficult than it needed to be after I felt I had adequately pointed out my position
Luckily I used the opportunity at the property to grab a file of paperwork regarding my daughters history of 'challenging behaviour', extensive ongoing involvement of camhs and social services etc.
spent about seven hours waiting to be interviewed, just before midnight in the end. Handy hint, ask for copy of pace guidelines and the bible, at least it gives you something to read...
obviously can't say much about the case, except to say that duty solicitor clear I have an established defence, fully backed up and put in context by the paperwork I was able to present in interview.
bailed within a few minutes of interview. Daughter put neutral place by SS till it gets sorted, police still need to interview her properly.
so, the game now begins!
Suffice to to say I believe I am fully in the clear. Solicitor agrees. We just have to see what happens next.
will update regards communications and procedure from firearms side of things, I suspect it will be fairly drawn out, but recording it all might be useful for someone else down the line to see how the system works.
All a bit of a pain in the arse really....
edit, just to comment, police fully aware of daughters autism at last renewal, social services fully aware of my FAC throughout, never been any concerns voiced, I made pains to ensure both were aware to avoid exactly this type of situation in the future, and discussed key safety measures I already had in place at the time.