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24 Scope of offences relating to stolen goods.E+W

(1)The provisions of this Act relating to goods which have been stolen shall apply whether the stealing occurred in England or Wales or elsewhere, and whether it occurred before or after the commencement of this Act, provided that the stealing (if not an offence under this Act) amounted to an offence where and at the time when the goods were stolen; and references to stolen goods shall be construed accordingly.

(2)For purposes of those provisions references to stolen goods shall include, in addition to the goods originally stolen and parts of them (whether in their original state or not),—

(a)any other goods which directly or indirectly represent or have at any time represented the stolen goods in the hands of the thief as being the proceeds of any disposal or realisation of the whole or part of the goods stolen or of goods so representing the stolen goods; and

(b)any other goods which directly or indirectly represent or have at any time represented the stolen goods in the hands of a handler of the stolen goods or any part of them as being the proceeds of any disposal or realisation of the whole or part of the stolen goods handled by him or of goods so representing them.

(3)But no goods shall be regarded as having continued to be stolen goods after they have been restored to the person from whom they were stolen or to other lawful possession or custody, or after that person and any other person claiming through him have otherwise ceased as regards those goods to have any right to restitution in respect of the theft.

(4)For purposes of the provisions of this Act relating to goods which have been stolen (including subsections (1) to (3) above) goods obtained in England or Wales or elsewhere either by blackmail or [F1, subject to subsection (5) below, by fraud (within the meaning of the Fraud Act 2006)]F1 shall be regarded as stolen; and “steal”, “theft” and “thief” shall be construed accordingly.

[F2(5)Subsection (1) above applies in relation to goods obtained by fraud as if—

(a)the reference to the commencement of this Act were a reference to the commencement of the Fraud Act 2006, and

(b)the reference to an offence under this Act were a reference to an offence under section 1 of that Act.F2]

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C1S. 24(1) and (4) applied (25.8.2000) by 2000 c. 6, ss. 148(9), 168

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