My point is YOUR FRIEND IS IN DANGER! And you are questioning the logistics of the arrest and the file. You would take any action necessary and if not in your force area give an mg11. In your force area I imagine you will still be giving an mg11 as you are friends with the person. Yes I can see its messy because of the nature of your relationship with the victim, but would I be able to live with myself if my friend is beaten/wounded/killed and I held back because of administrative awkwardness...no!
If my friend was in that much danger im sure he would appreciate me getting there asap and getting him away from the situation sharpish , not just to be his Backup , backup thats always a phone call away. Theres a major conflict of interests here, im not saying that if somebody, anybody is in danger not to step in, i know i would, i wouldnt however get kitted up , especially when i have no power to do so.
the question was , is it an offence to carry a baton in Scotland without lawfull authority or reasonable excuse? the predicament doesnt cover either so the answer was Yes, it IS an offence, anything else is irrelevant, EVEN IF YOU POLICE THE MILITARY AND THE PUBLIC . . . . . . ABROAD.
I have my full kit at home (including Asp, Cuffs and stab vest)
If this situation happend to me.. id tell them to lock themselfs in the bathroom untill the Police arrive.. and probably call it in myself..
i certainly wouldnt be gearing up to go and engage this so called baddie!
Some clever person using their brain here!