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Plant Protection Products Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011

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3.—(1) Entry and search under a warrant must be within three months from the date of its issue.

(2) Where the occupier of the private dwelling which is to be entered and searched is present at the time when an authorised person seeks to execute a warrant to enter and search it, the authorised person shall—

(a)identify himself or herself to the occupier and shall produce to the occupier evidence of his or her authority;

(b)produce the warrant to the occupier; and

(c)supply the occupier with a copy of it.

(3) Where the occupier of the private dwelling is not present at the time when an authorised person seeks to execute such a warrant; but some other person who appears to the authorised person to be in charge of the land is present, sub-paragraph (2) shall have effect as if any reference to the occupier were a reference to that other person.

(4) If there is no person present who appears to the authorised person to be in charge of the private dwelling, the authorised person must leave a copy of the warrant in a prominent place on the land.

(5) A search under a warrant may only be a search to the extent required for the purpose for which the warrant was issued.

(6) An authorised person executing a warrant shall make an endorsement on it stating whether what was sought was found.

(7) A warrant shall be returned to the clerk of the court for the area in which the lay magistrate was acting when the warrant was issued–

(a)when it has been executed; or

(b)in the case of a warrant which has not been executed, upon the expiry of three months from the date of its issue or sooner.

(8) A warrant which is returned under sub-paragraph (7) shall be retained for 12 months from its return by the clerk of the court for the area in which the lay magistrate was acting when the warrant was issued.

(9) If during the period for which a warrant is to be retained the occupier of the private dwelling to which it relates asks to inspect it, such inspection shall be allowed.

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