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Theft Act (Northern Ireland) 1969

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N.I.Defacement, etc., before sale at auction, of name or marking on watch or plate

3Any person who changes, alters or defaces, or causes to be changed, altered or defaced—N.I.

(a)any name engraved upon any watch as the maker or owner thereof, or the number of such watch, or the place where the same was made, or any coat of arms or crest thereon; or

(b)any name, cypher, crest or arms engraved upon any article or piece of family plate (whether gold or silver);

without the consent in writing of the owner thereof or of some person duly authorised to sell the same or to give such consent, shall, unless such watch or article or piece of family plate shall, before such change, alteration or defacement, have been sold at a public auction duly advertised, be deemed, until the contrary is proved, to have handled stolen goods knowing or believing them to be stolen goods.

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