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 evidence to try and establish the facts of a crime and charge a suspect. They can take a long time and some crimes are never 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.
You might find it helpful to read about what happens when the police investigate a crime and what's involved with the decision to take someone to court.
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