Oh yes, they do use their power often.DWP are another. As a benefits/general adviser I can help to a degree but if it's an interview under caution then time for a lawyer.
Another is trading standards/the local authority, and the Environment Agency in the case of commercial fly tipping and other significant environmental damage.
The National Rivers Authority (I think that's what it's called) also prosecute for fishing without a licence.
That is true, but there are restrictions on anyone who doesn't have the statutory authority.I was under the impression that, subject to certain constraints, any individual or organisation can initiate a private prosecution.
The CPS might take the case over, or stop a prosecution they consider vexatious.
Those with that authority are largely left to get on with it - which neatly brings us back to one of the major problems with the postmasters and the Post Office's apparent abuse of their power.