The Common Offences with Colin Beaumont

The Common Offences with Colin Beaumont

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Course Overview

Essential for anyone embarking upon the Police Station Representatives Accreditation Scheme (PSRAS), this 2-hour course will provide a practical discussion of the 11 offences that viewers are most likely to come across at the police station and will examine the more obvious defences in respect of each crime.

Delivered by experienced lecturer and former duty solicitor Colin Beaumont, this 2-part course will consider the issues faced by both the legal adviser advising at the police station and the advocate appearing at court.

Part 1 will consider the following Common Offences:

  • Theft
  • Taking a motor vehicle without consent
  • Robbery
  • Burglary
  • Handling stolen goods
  • Common assault

Part 2 will consider the following Common Offences:

  • Assault occasioning actual bodily harm
  • Affray
  • Possession of an offensive weapon
  • Criminal damage
  • Possession of drugs

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinars, review the supporting documentation and complete the short quiz to test your legal knowledge.
  • This course provides 2 CPD points

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will:
  • • Understand how elements of offences have to be proved
  • • Be aware of the circumstances in which there might be evidential issues surrounding defences – e.g. the burden of proof
  • • Be able to advise in the area of ‘the doctrine of recent possession’
  • • Have considered the best advice to give to the client who wants to put forward the defence at the police station stage
  • • Appreciate when there may have to be ‘no comment’ e.g. excessive force ruling out self-defence
  • • Be able to recognise circumstances when it is advantageous to lay down the defence
  • • Be able to advise in the area of ‘causation’
  • • Feel more confident when certain things are sprung upon you, as they often are at the Police Station or Court!

What is the target audience?

  • Those undertaking the Police Station Representatives Accreditation Scheme (PSRAS) including probationary representatives


About Instructor - Colin Beaumont

Colin Beaumont graduated in law in 1981 and qualified as a Barrister in 1982. He worked for many years in the Magistrates’ Court service until 1996 when he re-qualified as a Solicitor and joined a large criminal legal aid practice. He became a partner with the firm. He retired as a solicitor in 2016 and has returned to his Inn of Court at The Inner Temple. Colin has been teaching the profession for the last 25 years and continues to do so.

Course Curriculum

Recorded Webinars

  • Part 1
  • Part 2

Supporting Documentation

  • Notes
    46 Page
  • Slides - Part 1
    26 Page
  • Slides - Part 2
    26 Page


  • Quiz


    1 year ago
    1 year ago
  • Martin Alvis
    A very useful course highlighting the points to prove and defensive's that may be available. By watching this 3-4 times over the last few weeks its really broken the elements down well. The presenter is very interesting and keeps the subject matter alive. Be careful with question 8 of quiz! I would like to have seen more questions to answer as this is a good way to test ones knowledge.
    2 years ago
  • I believe the Criminal Damage question on the quiz is incorrect.
    2 years ago
    3 years ago