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Entertainment of Friday, 27 March 2015


Police invade Shatta Wale’s hotel room

Shata Wale is in the UK to perform tomorrow alongside PSquare and Flavour for Dance Afrique in the Wembley Arena.

He updated his Facebook status about Police entering his hotel room. It reads “Police in my hotel room …calm down everything will be fine…Bulldog is talking to them…things under control…”

By law, British Police can do the following to any individual in the UK.

Stop and account

The police can stop anyone in a public place and ask you to account for yourself. For example, you could be asked to account for your actions, behaviour, and presence in an area or possession of anything.

When the police stop and ask you for an explanation, you don’t need to provide your personal details. The police do not have to make a record or give you a receipt, but you may be asked to give your ethnicity.

Stop and search

The police can stop and search any person, vehicle, and anything in or on the vehicle for certain items. However, before they stop and search they must have reasonable grounds for suspecting that they will find: Stolen goods, or drugs, or an offensive weapon, or any article made or adapted for use in certain offences. For example a burglary or theft, spray paints cans or knives, or items which could damage or destroy property.

Powers of entry

Police can only enter premises without a warrant if a serious or dangerous incident has taken place. Situations in which the police can enter premises without a warrant include when they want to: deal with a breach of the peace or prevent it, enforce an arrest warrant; arrest a person in connection with certain offences; recapture someone who has escaped from custody; save life or prevent serious damage to property.

Shatta Wale hasn’t revealed why the entry happened in his case. We suspect noise making as the artist of the year might probably be gearing up for tomorrow’s concert.