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The Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008

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13.—(1) Inspectors have a right to enter any premises for the purpose of ensuring that the Community TSE Regulation or these Regulations are being complied with.

(2) They must, if so required, produce some duly authenticated document showing their authority before exercising their right under paragraph (1).

(3) They may exercise their right under paragraph (1) at all reasonable hours.

(4) They may take—

(a)such other persons as they consider necessary; and

(b)any representative of the European Commission acting for the purpose of the enforcement of a Community obligation.

(5) If inspectors enter any unoccupied premises they must leave them (so far as reasonably practicable) as effectively secured against unauthorised entry as they found them.

(6) If a lay magistrate, on sworn information in writing, is satisfied that there are reasonable grounds for entry into any premises for the purposes of the enforcement of these Regulations, and either—

(a)admission has been refused, or a refusal is expected, and (in either case) notice to apply for a warrant has been given to the occupier;

(b)asking for admission, or the giving of such a notice, would defeat the object of the entry;

(c)the case is one of urgency; or

(d)the premises are unoccupied or the occupier is temporarily absent,

the lay magistrate may by a signed warrant authorise the inspectors to enter the premises, if need be by reasonable force.

(7) A warrant under this section is valid for one month.

(8) In this regulation “premises” includes—

(a)domestic premises if they are being used for any purpose in connection with the Community TSE Regulation or these Regulations; and

(b)any vehicle, container or structure (moveable or otherwise).

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