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PART XIN.I.AUTHORISED PERSONS

F10N.I.Protection of authorised persons

F10App. (hovercraft), SI 1972/971

182 F1Penalty for assaulting authorised person.N.I.

If any person assaults—

(a)any person exercising any power conferred by this Part; or

(b)any officer of the Ministry F2. . . whilst doing any thing authorised by any of the provisions of this Act specified in Schedule 6; or

(c)any authorised officer acting under section 112 or 120, or any officer acting under section 17 or 127;

he shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding [F3 £500] or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to both such fine and such imprisonment.

183 F4Obstructing or impeding authorised person.N.I.

(1)If any person obstructs or impedes—

(a)any person exercising any power conferred by this Part; or

(b)any officer of the Ministry F5. . . whilst doing anything authorised by any of the provisions of this Act specified in Schedule 6; or

(c)any authorised officer acting under section 112 or 120, or any officer acting under section 17 or 127;

he shall be guilty of an offence.

F6[(2)For the purposes of this section a person who without reasonable excuse fails to afford to an officer the facilities required by section 20(4) or fails to comply with any requirement of an authorised person under section 174(1)( aa)[F7 or (1A)(b)] or section 175 shall be deemed to obstruct him.]

184 F8Giving warning to persons unlawfully fishing.N.I.

If any person makes or causes to be made or aids or assists in making any signal or warning to any person engaged in fishing unlawfully, of the approach of an authorised person, he shall be guilty of an offence.

185 F9Indemnification of authorised persons.N.I.

An authorised person shall not be liable for any loss or damage occasioned by or in the course of the exercise of any of the powers conferred on him by this Act unless such loss or damage was caused by him wantonly or maliciously.