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Poultrymeat Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011

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11.—(1) An authorised officer may enter any premises (except premises used as a private dwelling house) at any reasonable hour for the purpose of ensuring that the provisions of these Regulations are being complied with.

(2) The authorised officer may be accompanied by—

(a)such other persons as the authorised officer considers necessary; and

(b)any representative of the European Commission.

(3) An authorised officer shall not exercise the powers under paragraph (1) or (2) except on the production, if so required, of a duly authenticated document showing the officer’s authority.

(4) Admission to any premises used as a private dwelling house may not be demanded as of right unless the entry is in accordance with a warrant granted under this regulation.

(5) If a lay magistrate, by complaint on oath, is satisfied of the matters mentioned in paragraph (6), the lay magistrate may sign a warrant permitting an authorised officer to enter any premises, if need be by reasonable force.

(6) The matters are that—

(a)there are reasonable grounds for believing that Condition A or B is met; and

(b)Condition C, D, E or F is met.

(7) Condition A is that on the premises there are items of the type mentioned in regulation 12(1)(a) or documents or records of the type mentioned in regulation 12(1)(d) and that their inspection is likely to disclose evidence of a contravention of these Regulations.

(8) Condition B is that a contravention of these Regulations has occurred, is occurring or is about to occur on those premises.

(9) Condition C is that admission to the premises has been, or is likely to be, refused, and that the occupier has been informed (whether orally or in writing) that a warrant may be applied for.

(10) Condition D is that admission to the premises has been, or is likely to be, refused, and informing the occupier that a warrant under this regulation may be applied for may defeat the object of the entry.

(11) Condition E is that the premises are unoccupied or that the occupier is temporarily absent and it may defeat the object of the entry to await the occupier’s return.

(12) Condition F is that the premises are used as a private dwelling house.

(13) A warrant granted under paragraph (5)—

(a)shall be valid for one month, beginning with the day on which it is granted; and

(b)shall be produced for inspection to the person (if there is one) who appears to the officer to be the occupier, or the person in charge of the premises.

(14) An authorised officer who enters any premises that are unoccupied or where the occupier is temporarily absent shall leave the premises as effectively secured against unauthorised entry as when the officer found them.

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