(1) Subject to the following provisions of this section and to sections 42 and 43 below, a person shall not be kept in police detention for more than 24 hours without being charged.
(2) The time from which the period of detention of a person is to be calculated (in this Act referred to as “the relevant time”)—
(a) in the case of a person to whom this paragraph applies, shall be—
(i) the time at which that person arrives at the relevant police station; or
(ii) the time 24 hours after the time of that person's arrest,
whichever is the earlier;
(b) in the case of a person arrested outside England and Wales, shall be—
(i) the time at which that person arrives at the first police station to which he is taken in the police area in England or Wales in which the offence for which he was arrested is being investigated; or
(ii) the time 24 hours after the time of that person's entry into England and Wales,
(c) in the case of a person who—
(i) attends voluntarily at a police station; or
(ii) accompanies a constable to a police station without having been arrested,
and is arrested at the police station, the
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