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More than 57,000 people are on police bail in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, according to figures obtained by the BBC.
In one case a person arrested three-and-a-half years ago remains on bail.
The Law Society told BBC Radio 5 live it wanted a review of police bail practices and said there should be a statutory time limit on police bail.
The Law Society data shows that at least 57,428 people are currently on bail. Of those, 3,172 have been waiting for more than six months for a decision on charges.
There is currently no limit on how long a person can be kept on police bail before a decision on whether to charge them is made.
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