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(1)Offences under this Act shall be punishable either on conviction on indictment or on summary conviction.
(2)A person convicted on indictment shall be liable—
(a)for an offence under section 1 or section 2 of this Act, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years; and
(b)for an offence under section 3 of this Act, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years.
(3)A person convicted summarily of any offence under this Act shall be liable—
(a)to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months; or
(b)to a fine not exceeding the prescribed sum for the purposes of [F1section 32 of the Magistrates’ Courts Act 1980] (punishment on summary conviction of offences triable either way: £1,000 or other sum substituted by order under that Act),
or to both.
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