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The Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Prescribed Police Stations) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015

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Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland

2015 No. 345

Criminal Law

The Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Prescribed Police Stations) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015

Made

23rd September 2015

Coming into operation

9th November 2015

The Department of Justice makes the following Regulations, in exercise of the powers conferred by section 87(1)(a) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003(1) and now vested in it(2):

Citation and commencement

1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Prescribed Police Stations) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015 and shall come into operation on 9th November 2015.

Prescribed police stations

2.  The police stations listed in the Schedule to these Regulations are prescribed for the purposes of section 87(1)(a) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

Revocation

3.  The Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Prescribed Police Stations) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (3) are revoked.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Justice on 23rd September 2015.

Legal seal

David Ford

Minister of Justice

Regulation 2

SCHEDULEPolice stations in Northern Ireland

Police Service of Northern Ireland

Antrim Police Station

24 Castle Street

Antrim

BT41 4AU

Antrim Road Police Station

274 - 280 Antrim Road

Belfast

BT15 5AA

Ardmore Police Station

3 Belfast Road

Newry

BT34 1EF

Armagh Police Station

1-2 City View

Newry Road

Armagh

BT60 1EP

Ballycastle Police Station

12 Ramoan Road

Ballycastle

BT54 6EG

Ballymena Police Station

26 Galgorm Road

Ballymena

BT43 5EX

Ballymoney Police Station

79 Charlotte Street

Ballymoney

BT53 6AZ

Banbridge Police Station

14 Castlewellan Road

Banbridge

BT32 4AX

Bangor Police Station

1-5 Castle Park Avenue

Bangor

BT20 4BS

Castlereagh Police Station

Alexander Road

Belfast

BT6 9HH

Coleraine Police Station

17 Lodge Road

Coleraine

BT52 1LY

Downpatrick Police Station

43 Irish Street

Downpatrick

BT30 6BX

Dungannon Police Station

1 Quarry Lane

Dungannon

BT70 1HX

Enniskillen Police Station

48 Queen Street

Enniskillen

BT74 7JR

Grosvenor Road Police Station

105 Grosvenor Road

Belfast

BT12 4GL

Larne Police Station

2 Hope Street

Larne

BT40 1UR

Limavady Police Station

11 Connell Street

Limavady

BT49 0EA

Lisburn Police Station

15 Barrack Street

Lisburn

BT28 1TJ

Lurgan Police Station

62 Church Place

Lurgan

BT66 6HD

Musgrave Police Station

60 Victoria Street

Belfast

BT1 3GL

Magherafelt Police Station

45-47 Meeting Street

Magherafelt

BT45 6BW

Newtownabbey Police Station

418 Shore Road

Newtownabbey

BT37 9RT

Newtownards Police Station

36-40 John Street

Newtownards

BT23 4LX

Omagh Police Station

1 Derry Road

Omagh

BT78 5DR

Strabane Police Station

23 - 25 Bowling Green

Strabane

BT82 8BW

Strand Road Police Station

81A Strand Road

Londonderry

BT48 7AA

EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Regulations)

The Sexual Offences Act 2003 (“the 2003 Act”) imposes notification requirements on offenders convicted of certain sexual offences. These offenders are called “relevant offenders”. The 2003 Act requires relevant offenders to notify certain personal information to the police, both at the outset and periodically thereafter. Section 87(1) of the 2003 Act provides that relevant offenders give such notification by attending at any police station in the relevant offender’s local police area which is prescribed in regulations. These Regulations prescribe those police stations in Northern Ireland.

For the purposes of section 87 of the 2003 Act, “local police area” is defined in section 88(3) of the 2003 Act. Section 88(3) of the 2003 Act applies as if Northern Ireland were a police area (section 88(5) of the 2003 Act). In their application to Northern Ireland references to police areas in Part 2 of the 2003 Act are to be read as references to Northern Ireland (section 136(3) of the 2003 Act).

These Regulations revoke and replace the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Prescribed Police Stations) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (S.R. 2012 No.325) so as to provide an updated list of prescribed police stations which are available to relevant sex offenders in Northern Ireland, for notification purposes.

Specifically, the changes made to the list of prescribed police stations relate to : the removal of Carrickfergus police station from the list, as it no longer provides the required facilities to receive relevant offenders, and the refinement and updating of the addresses of the police stations located at Antrim Road; Bangor; Castlereagh; Coleraine; Grosvenor Road; Magherafelt; Newtownabbey and Strabane.

(2)

Article 12 of, and paragraph 77 (1) and (2) of Schedule 14 to, the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (Devolution of Policing and Justice Functions) Order 2010 (S.I. 2010/976) transferred the function of the Secretary of State under section 87(1(a)) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (the 2003 Act) (in its application to Northern Ireland) to the Department of Justice in Northern Ireland; section 138(5) and (8) of the 2003 Act which makes relevant provision relating to the exercise of the section 87(1)(a) power of the Department of Justice was inserted by Article12of, and paragraph 77(1) and (3) of Schedule 14 to, S.I. 2010/976.

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