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Although it was not you that has been stopped by the police, you must go to court. This is to make a statutory declaration (basically a sworn statement) to that effect. The court will then adjourn the matter back to the police to make further enquiries.

It is important that you attend court otherwise a warrant will be issued. If you cannot make it on the day in question then contact the court to advise them.

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