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Detention at portsE+W+N.I.

1Designated immigration officersE+W+N.I.

(1)The Secretary of State may designate immigration officers for the purposes of section 2.

(2)The Secretary of State may designate only officers who the Secretary of State thinks are—

(a)fit and proper for the purpose, and

(b)suitably trained.

(3)A designation—

(a)may be permanent or for a specified period, and

(b)may (in either case) be revoked.

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I1S. 1 in force at 31.1.2008 by S.I. 2008/99, art. 2(a)

2DetentionE+W+N.I.

(1)A designated immigration officer at a port in F1... may detain an individual if the immigration officer thinks that the individual—

(a)may be liable to arrest by a constable under section 24(1), (2) or (3) of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (c. 60) or F2...), or

[F3(aa)might be liable to arrest by a constable under section 24(1), (2) or (3) of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 if the act or omission had taken place in England, or; ]

(b)is subject to a warrant for arrest.

F4(1A ). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(2)A designated immigration officer who detains an individual—

(a)must arrange for a constable [F5 , an officer belonging to the French Republic or an officer belonging to the Kingdom of Belgium ] to attend as soon as is reasonably practicable,

(b)may search the individual for, and retain, anything that might be used to assist escape or to cause physical injury to the individual or another person,

(c)must retain anything found on a search which the immigration officer thinks may be evidence of the commission of an offence, and

(d)must, when the constable [F6 , the officer belonging to the French Republic or the officer belonging to the Kingdom of Belgium ] arrives, deliver to the constable [F6 , the officer belonging to the French Republic or the officer belonging to the Kingdom of Belgium ] the individual and anything retained on a search.

(3)An individual may not be detained under this section for longer than three hours.

(4)A designated immigration officer may use reasonable force for the purpose of exercising a power under this section.

F7(5). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(6)Detention under this section shall be treated as detention under the Immigration Act 1971 (c. 77) for the purposes of Part 8 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (c. 33) (detained persons).

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F1Words in s. 2(1) omitted by S.I. 1993/1813, Sch. 4 para. 6(1)(a)(i) (as inserted (16.4.2015) by virtue of The Channel Tunnel (International Arrangements) and Channel Tunnel (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Order 2015 (S.I. 2015/856), arts. 1, 4)

F2Words in s. 2(1) omitted by S.I. 1993/1813, Sch. 4 para. 6(1)(a)(ii) (as inserted (16.4.2015) by virtue of The Channel Tunnel (International Arrangements) and Channel Tunnel (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Order 2015 (S.I. 2015/856), arts. 1, 4)

F3S. 2(1)(aa) inserted by S.I. 1993/1813, Sch. 4 para. 6(1)(a)(iii) (as inserted (16.4.2015) by The Channel Tunnel (International Arrangements) and Channel Tunnel (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Order 2015 (S.I. 2015/856), arts. 1, 4)

F4S. 2(1A) omitted by S.I. 1993/1813, Sch. 4 para. 6(1)(b) (as inserted (16.4.2015) by virtue of The Channel Tunnel (International Arrangements) and Channel Tunnel (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Order 2015 (S.I. 2015/856), arts. 1, 4)

F5Words in s. 2(2)(a) inserted by S.I. 1993/1813, Sch. 4 para. 6(1)(c) (as inserted (16.4.2015) by The Channel Tunnel (International Arrangements) and Channel Tunnel (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Order 2015 (S.I. 2015/856), arts. 1, 4)

F6Words in s. 2(2)(d) inserted by S.I. 1993/1813, Sch. 4 para. 6(1)(d) (as inserted (16.4.2015) by The Channel Tunnel (International Arrangements) and Channel Tunnel (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Order 2015 (S.I. 2015/856), arts. 1, 4)

F7S. 2(5) omitted by S.I. 1993/1813, Sch. 4 para. 6(1)(e) (as inserted (16.4.2015) by virtue of The Channel Tunnel (International Arrangements) and Channel Tunnel (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Order 2015 (S.I. 2015/856), arts. 1, 4)

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I2S. 2 in force at 31.1.2008 by S.I. 2008/99, art. 2(a)

3EnforcementE+W+N.I.

(1)An offence is committed by a person who—

(a)absconds from detention under section 2,

(b)assaults an immigration officer exercising a power under section 2, or

(c)obstructs an immigration officer in the exercise of a power under section 2.

(2)A person guilty of an offence under subsection (1)(a) or (b) shall be liable on summary conviction to—

(a)imprisonment for a term not exceeding 51 weeks,

(b)a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale, or

(c)both.

(3)A person guilty of an offence under subsection (1)(c) shall be liable on summary conviction to—

(a)imprisonment for a term not exceeding 51 weeks,

(b)a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale, or

(c)both.

(4)In the application of this section to Northern Ireland—

(a)the reference in subsection (2)(a) to 51 weeks shall be treated as a reference to six months, and

(b)the reference in subsection (3)(a) to 51 weeks shall be treated as a reference to one month.

[F8(4A)In the application of this section to Scotland, the references in subsections (2)(a) and (3)(a) to 51 weeks shall be treated as references to 12 months.]

(5)In relation to an offence committed before the commencement of section 281(5) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 (c. 44) (51 week maximum term of sentences)—

(a)the reference in subsection (2)(a) to 51 weeks shall be treated as a reference to six months, and

(b)the reference in subsection (3)(a) to 51 weeks shall be treated as a reference to one month.

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Commencement Information

I3S. 3 in force at 31.1.2008 by S.I. 2008/99, art. 2(a)

4Interpretation: “port”E+W+N.I.

[F9(1) In section 2 “port” means a terminal control point or an international station. ]

(2)A place shall be treated for the purposes of that section as a port in relation to an individual if a designated immigration officer believes that the individual—

(a)has gone there for the purpose of embarking on a [F10 train ], or

(b)has arrived there on disembarking from a [F10 train ].

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F9Word in s. 4(1) substituted by S.I. 1993/1813, Sch. 4 para. 6(2)(a) (as inserted (16.4.2015) by The Channel Tunnel (International Arrangements) and Channel Tunnel (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Order 2015 (S.I. 2015/856), arts. 1, 4)

F10Word in s. 4(2) substituted by S.I. 1993/1813, Sch. 4 para. 6(2)(b) (as inserted (16.4.2015) by The Channel Tunnel (International Arrangements) and Channel Tunnel (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Order 2015 (S.I. 2015/856), arts. 1, 4)

Commencement Information

I4S. 4 in force at 31.1.2008 by S.I. 2008/99, art. 2(a)

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