(1) Where a person has been arrested and is being held in custody in a police station or other premises, he shall be entitled, if he so requests, to have one friend or relative or other person who is known to him or who is likely to take an interest in his welfare told, as soon as is practicable except to the extent that delay is permitted by this section, that he has been arrested and is being detained there.
(2) Delay is only permitted—
(a) in the case of a person who is in police detention for [an indictable offence]; and
(b) if an officer of at least the rank of [inspector] authorises it.
(3) In any case the person in custody must be permitted to exercise the right conferred by subsection
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