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Armed Forces Act 1971

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6Looting

(1)Section 30 of the Army Act 1955 and section 30 of the Air Force Act 1955 (looting) shall each be amended as follows:—

(a)in paragraph (a) (stealing etc. from the person of anyone killed or wounded in the course of warlike operations), for the words " killed or wounded in the course of warlike operations " there shall be substituted the words

killed, wounded or captured in the course of warlike operations, or killed, injured or detained in the course of operations undertaken by Her Majesty's forces for the preservation of law and order or otherwise in aid of the civil authorities, and

(b)in paragraph (b) (stealing property left exposed or unprotected in consequence of warlike operations), for the words " warlike operations " there shall be substituted the words

any such operations as are mentioned in paragraph (a) above.

(2)The following provision (being one corresponding to the provisions referred to in subsection (1) above as amended by that subsection) shall be inserted in the Naval Discipline Act 1957 as section 5:— Looting.

5Any person subject to this Act who—

(a)steals from, or with intent to steal searches, the person of anyone killed, wounded or captured in the course of warlike operations, or killed, injured or detained in the course of operations undertaken by Her Majesty's forces for the preservation of law and order or otherwise in aid of the civil authorities, or

(b)steals any property which has been left exposed or unprotected in consequence of any such operations as are mentioned in paragraph (a) above, or

(c)takes otherwise than for the public service any vehicle, equipment or stores abandoned by the enemy,

shall be guilty of looting and liable to imprisonment or any less punishment authorised by this Act.

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