After you've reported a crime, the police will decide if they can investigate the case.
Investigations are when the police take witness statements and gather all the evidence to try and establish the facts of a crime and charge a suspect. This can take a long time, for example when forensic examinations or cybercrime enquiries are involved. Some crimes are never detected or solved.
While the police are investigating what happened, you might not hear anything for a while. As a victim or witness, you should be kept informed about the investigation and there are lots of organisations that can give you support if you feel you need it.
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