Police seized phone - advice needed please

Last year a video was going round a group of friends off a well known website, it was sent to me and was my friends wife.  I felt sick and felt I needed to tell him but didn’t want to get directly involved.  I sent him a video of the link, anonymously. 

Roll on several months and I have a knock at the door, the police, who say they have traced the email back to me.  I went down the police station, with solicitor present and explained why I had done it and both the police and the solicitor believed my explanation.   My friend now refuses to talk to me.
At the time of arrest the police took both my pc and mobile phone.  

They returned the PC the next day but have kept hold of the phone.  The investigation seems to have gone pretty quiet until I had a call off the officer today asking for the pin code to my phone.  

There is nothing on my phone which is related to the case or I am worried about / sensitive etc.  Can anyone advise if the police can ask for this information without a warrant?

 

 thank you

Yes they can ask for it but

Yes they can ask for it but you don’t have to give it (yet). A Circuit Judge or District Judge (Magistrates’ Court) can issue a notice requiring you to hand over your PIN code, failure of which is a criminal offence. The police often apply for such a notice to be issued when people don’t hand over their code voluntarily. 

Google s49 RIPA notice for more information. 

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What would you advise to be

What would you advise to be the best response to the office to be?  I dont want to be appearing difficult but neither do I want to just hand over information which they could use against me in anyway.

You say that "There is

You say that "There is nothing on my phone which is related to the case or I am worried about / sensitive etc" but are then worried that you will "hand over information which they could use against me" So which is it? 

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There is nothing on there but

There is nothing on there but I am wary of giving information away that I shouldn’t.  I was hoping this case would be closed but now I think they have a different angle.  Maybe I'm over thinking things.

What you say is unlikely to

What you say is unlikely to make any difference. If they apply for a RIPA notice you’ll have to hand it over. If they don’t, you won’t. 

Kind Regards

Matt

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I change my pin code so often

I change my pin code so often that if I didn't use my phone for a few days I would compleatly forget what it was. So in affect the amount of time they have had the phone there would be a very good chance that I couldn't remember it.

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