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Plant Protection Products Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011

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2.—(1) A lay magistrate may issue a warrant for entry on to any land used as a private dwelling for the purposes of the enforcement of these Regulations if satisfied that the authorised person has reasonable grounds for requiring entry and—

(a)admission has been refused, or a refusal is expected, and (in either case) that 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 land is unoccupied or the occupier is temporarily absent.

(2) Where an authorised person applies for a warrant under paragraph 2(1) he or she must state—

(a)the grounds upon which the application is made;

(b)that the warrant would be issued under this Schedule; and

(c)what is being sought.

(3) An application for a warrant–

(a)under paragraph 2(1)(a) must be made on notice and on sworn complaint in writing;

(b)under paragraph 2(1)(b), (c) or (d) must be made, without notice, on sworn complaint in writing.

(4) A warrant shall authorise entry on one occasion only.

(5) A warrant shall specify—

(a)the name of the person who applies for it;

(b)the date on which it is issued;

(c)that it is issued under this Schedule;

(d)the address of the private dwelling to be searched, and

identify, so far as is practicable, what is to be sought.

(6) Two copies shall be made of the warrant.

(7) The copies shall be clearly certified as copies.

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