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Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act 1974

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Search warrants

5(1)If a justice of the peace is satisfied that there is reasonable ground for suspecting that—

(a)evidence of the commission of an offence under section 1 or 3 of this Act, or

(b)evidence sufficient to justify the making of an order under section 1 of this Act or an exclusion order, is to be found at any premises or place, he may grant a search warrant authorising entry to the premises or place.

(2)An application for a warrant under sub-paragraph (1) above shall be made by a member of a police force of a rank not lower than the rank of an inspector, and he shall give his information to the justice on oath.

(3)The warrant shall authorise the applicant, and any other member of any police force, to enter the premises or place, if necessary by force, and to search the premises or place and every person found therein and to seize anything found on the premises or place, or on any such person, which any member of a police force acting under the warrant has reasonable grounds for suspecting to be evidence falling within sub-paragraph (1) above.

(4)If a member of a police force of a rank not lower than the rank of superintendent has reasonable grounds for believing that the case is one of great emergency and that in the interests of the State immediate action is necessary, he may by a written order signed by him give to any member of a police force the authority which may be given by a search warrant under this paragraph.

(5)Where any authority is so given, particulars of the case shall be notified as soon as may be to the Secretary of State.

(6)No woman shall, in pursuance of a warrant or order given under this paragraph, be searched except by a woman.

(7)In the application of this paragraph to Scotland, for any reference to a justice of the peace there shall be substituted a reference to a sheriff or a magistrate or justice of the peace ; and for any reference to information on oath there shall be substituted a reference to evidence on oath.

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