But here's the thing, at the end of your
Let me give you an example :-
lf in the Customs Officers notes it says "Mr Shopper said 'X' " and when you read it through you say "l didn't say 'X', l said 'Y' " ... Customs Officer then writes an amendment at the end saying "Mr Shopper says he said 'Y' and not 'X' " You may think that's fine but when in court and the Customs Officer is reading from his notes it will be put across as you said 'X' and then later on changed it to'Y'. This gives the impression to the court that you changed your mind and already puts doubts on whether what you say is reliable. Actually, a good HMRC lawyer will make you sound like a liar ... not good for you.
Whenever we've been stopped and questioned, we have made them write it out line by line. They write the question, then you answer and they then write down your answer and so on . lt takes a lot longer and l know you want to be out of there as soon as possible but if you want an accurate account ... you have to do it this way! Do not rely on their memory of the events under any circumstances ... period! Even when you do it this way ... check they wrote it down correctly.
Of course this would all be unnecessary if they recorded the damn
So you have to ask yourself why?. l mean, it would be an accurate account of the
Oops, l've answered myself. How convienient, the only record of your ordeal is a notebook ... the Customs Officer's notebook. No transcript for you even if you get to keep your goods. You only get a transcript if you go to court and we've already seen how they reliable they are anyway. Customs definitelty don't want thousands of copies of recordings of
the Veil of Secrecy!
Note - l did once ask for a transcript of a notebook even though l hadn't had my goods confiscaed. The reply was the notebook had been lost! :)