PUBLISHED: 22:21, 18 May 2013 | UPDATED: 03:07, 19 May 2013
Suspects are 'left dangling' on bail for too long, says top police chief as he calls for a six month limit
">Chief Constable Andy Trotter has joined calls to limit police bail
>There is currently no limit on how long suspects can be kept on bail
"Chief Constable Andy Trotter
Calling for reform: Chief Constable Andy Trotter
Suspects are being ‘left dangling’ on police bail for too long, according to one of Britain’s most senior police officers.
Andy Trotter, Chief Constable of the British Transport Police, has joined calls for limits on the length of time people are left on bail before they are charged or released.
The move follows a spate of high-profile cases in which suspects have had their lives disrupted for up to two years during criminal investigations."
28 May 2013 Last updated at 12:12
Law Society calls for 28-day limit on police bail
"More than 57,000 people are on police bail in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, according to figures obtained by the BBC.
In one case a person arrested three-and-a-half years ago remains on bail.
The Law Society told BBC Radio 5 live it wanted a review of police bail practices and said there should be a statutory time limit on police bail."