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Marine (Scotland) Act 2010

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155Offences in relation to marine enforcement officers

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(1)A person commits an offence if the person—

(a)fails without reasonable excuse to comply with a requirement reasonably made, or a direction reasonably given, by a marine enforcement officer in the exercise of any power conferred by the Act,

(b)prevents any other person from complying with any such requirement or direction.

(2)But a person does not commit an offence by reason of a failure to comply with a requirement under section 145(1) (to produce a licence or other authority for the carrying on of a relevant activity) if the person complies with section 145(2) (production of licence or other authority at a place and within a period specified by the marine enforcement officer).

(3)A person who provides information in pursuance of a requirement reasonably made by a marine enforcement officer in the exercise of the power conferred by section 150 (requiring information relating to certain substances or objects) commits an offence if—

(a)the information is false in a material particular and the person—

(i)knows that it is,

(ii)is reckless as to whether it is,

(b)the person intentionally fails to disclose any material particular.

(4)A person who intentionally obstructs a marine enforcement officer in the performance of any of the officer’s functions under this Act commits an offence.

(5)A person who assaults a marine enforcement officer in the performance of any of the officer’s functions under this Act commits an offence.

(6)A person who, with intent to deceive, falsely pretends to be a marine enforcement officer commits an offence.

(7)A person who is guilty of an offence under subsection (1), (3) or (6) is liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum,

(b)on conviction on indictment, to a fine.

(8)A person who is guilty of an offence under subsection (4) is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £20,000.

(9)A person who is guilty of an offence under subsection (5) is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £50,000.

(10)In this section, any reference to a marine enforcement officer includes a reference to a person assisting a marine enforcement officer by virtue of section 148.

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