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Finance Act 1966

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23(1)If a justice of the peace is satisfied on information on oath that there is reasonable ground for suspecting that an offence in connection with the general betting duty or a contravention of section 13(1) or 14(1) of this Act is being, has been, or is about to be committed on any premises, he may issue a warrant in writing authorising any officer to enter those premises, if necessary by force, at any time within fourteen days from the time of the issue of the warrant and search them ; and any officer who enters the premises under the authority of the warrant may—

(a)seize and remove any records, accounts or other documents, money or valuable thing, instrument, gaming machine or other thing whatsoever found on the premises which he has reasonable cause to believe may be required as evidence for the purposes of proceedings in respect of such an offence or contravention ; and

(b)search any person found on the premises whom he has reasonable cause to believe to be carrying on bookmaking, or, as the case may be, concerned in the organisation or management of gaming on the premises.

(2)In the application of this paragraph to Scotland, any reference to a justice of the peace includes a reference to the sheriff and to a magistrate.

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