Person A commits an offence on January 1st. The police force have everything they need to charge person A within a few days.
Assuming there is no more evidence they can possibly obtain, would they hold off on pressing charges? say, for three or more years.
Surely they would want to move forward as soon as possible? since memories, data and other evidence may degrade (service providers are only bound to keep message records for 12 months ).
I have never heard of this happening, it seems like as soon as they have enough to charge they go right ahead. This seems the correct course of action in terms of the alleged victims of the crime "getting it over and done with".
This is fundamentally different to someone holding off from pressing charges (i.e the many victims of Jimmy Savile).
- Hate Crime: I can not think why there would be delays on a Hate Crime charge. Once there is sufficient evidence to lay charges in this case, then why would a police force hold off on charging?
- Same confusion holds with offences such as harassment, distribution indecent images and plotting to commit a terrorist activity.