Prior to sentencing I pleaded guilty and signed the SOR - I had already been on bail for 12 mths and knew I would not be sentenced for another 10 mths at least..
My probation said they was happy I could go abroad as I had just spent 2.5 mths backpacking SE Asia: whilst on bail and before my plea.
I was staying in London so went to the local police station to give them the at least 7 days notice and basically asked what the process was for notifying any changes but they did not know.
Every day I called to ask if they had found out. No was the answer
Two days before flying the Met Police PPU visited me, took my passport and took me to court for either me to be put on remand or authorise the keeping of my passport. There case was based on their saying I was only calling to build up a protective case incase anything went wrong and I was going to do a runner. _ bear in mind my words above about SE Asia.
I informed the Judge of my facts and though he authorise they keep my passport, he told them to sort out their processes and thank me for being truthful. That is the truth gents.
The gist of my story is:
1) be open with your plans,
2) you only have to say where you will stay the first 3 nights out of the UK anyway - though I did hear some local PPU's had their own rules.
3) i am sure you have nothing to hide so to keep on the good side of your PPU be honest and say your plans may change and do they wish you to "drop an email" if they change.
In the end the way you handle the communication between you and your PPU, and their actions afterwards, would at least give you knowledge on how they view you as a risk.
Good luck with whatever you decide and lets us know.
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