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The Public Order (Northern Ireland) Order 1987

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General provisions relating to offences

Powers of arrest

24.—(1) A constable in uniform may arrest without warrant anyone he reasonably suspects is committing an offence under part II.

(2) A constable may arrest without warrant anyone he reasonably suspects is committing or has committed an offence under Article 9 or part IV.

(3) If a constable reasonably suspects any person of committing or being about to commit or having committed an offence under Article 7(1) or (2), 20(1) or 21(1), he may require that person to declare to him immediately his name and address, and if that person refuses or fails to do so or gives a false name or address he shall be guilty of an offence.

(4) A person guilty of an offence under paragraph (3) shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 2 on the standard scale.

Consent to prosecution

25.  A prosecution for an offence under part III or Article 21(1) shall not be instituted except by or with the consent of the Attorney General.

Forfeiture

26.—(1) A court by or before which a person is convicted of an offence under Article 9, 10, 11, 13, 19(1) or 22(1) may make an order for the forfeiture, destruction or disposal of any relevant article.

(2) In paragraph (1) “relevant article” means—

(a)in relation to an offence under Article 9, 10, 11 or 13, any written material or recording shown to the satisfaction of the court to be written material or a recording to which the offence relates;

(b)in relation to an offence under Article 19(1), any thing in respect of which the offence was committed;

(c)in relation to an offence under Article 22(1), any weapon in respect of which the offence was committed.

(3) An order made under paragraph (1) shall not take effect until the expiry of the ordinary time within which an appeal may be instituted or, where an appeal is duly instituted, until it is finally decided or abandoned; and for this purpose—

(a)an application for a case to be stated or for leave to appeal shall be treated as the institution of an appeal; and

(b)where a decision on appeal is subject to a further appeal, the appeal is not finally decided until the expiry of the ordinary time within which a further appeal may be instituted or, where a further appeal is duly instituted, until the further appeal is finally decided or abandoned.

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