Frequently Asked Questions
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Through our frequently asked questions section we aim to help you find the answers you need without having to call us to ask for information. We've provided answers to questions on a range of topics which are regularly asked of police forces up and down the country.
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This is probably an offence of making off without payment (also known in some areas as 'bilking').
The offence is committed when you use goods or services and knowing that payment is expected there and then and you leave, failing to pay for those services.
- filling a car up with petrol, failing to pay for it and driving off from the petrol forecourt;
- eating a meal in a restaurant and failing to pay for it.
This offence is a type of theft and a conviction could lead to imprisonment and/or a fine.