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(1)Subject to the provisions of this section, any person who—
(a)takes the name, designation or character of a constable for the purpose of obtaining admission into any house or other place or of doing or procuring to be done any act which such person would not be entitled to do or procure to be done of his own authority, or for any other unlawful purpose, or
(b)wears any article of police uniform without the permission of the police authority for the police area in which he is, or
(c)has in his possession any article of police uniform without being able to account satisfactorily for his possession thereof.
shall be guilty of an offence and on summary conviction shall be liable to a fine not exceeding [F1level 4 on the standard scale] or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding three months.
(2)Nothing in subsection (1) of this section shall make it an offence to wear any article of police uniform in the course of taking part in a stage play, or music hall or circus performance, or of performing in or producing a cinematograph film or television broadcast.
[F2(2A)For the purposes of this section—
(a)“constable” includes a member of the British Transport Police Force, and
(b)any reference to “police” includes a reference to that force.]
(3)In this section “article of police uniform” means any article of uniform or any distinctive badge or mark usually issued by any police authority [F3or by the British Transport Police Committee] to constables, or any article having the appearance of such article, badge or mark.
[F4(4)In its application to articles of British Transport Police Force uniform, subsection (1)(b) has effect as if for the words “without the permission of the police authority for the police area in which he is” there were substituted the words “in circumstances where it gives him an appearance so nearly resembling that of a constable as to be calculated to deceive”.]
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