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Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984

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118General interpretation

(1)In this Act—

  • " arrestable offence" has the meaning assigned to it by section 24 above;

  • " designated police station " has the meaning assigned to it by section 35 above;

  • " document" has the same meaning as in Part I of the [1968 c. 64.] Civil Evidence Act 1968 ;

  • " intimate search " means a search which consists of the physical examination of a person's body orifices ;

  • " item subject to legal privilege " has the meaning assigned to it by section 10 above ;

  • " parent or guardian " means—

    (a)

    in the case of a child or young person in the care of a local authority, that authority; and

    (b)

    in the case of a child or young person in the care of a voluntary organisation in which parental rights and duties with respect to him are vested by virtue of a resolution under section 64(1) of the [1980 c. 5.] Child Care Act 1980, that organisation ;

  • " premises " has the meaning assigned to it by section 23 above;

  • " recordable offence " means any offence to which regulations under section 27 above apply ;

  • " vessel" includes any ship, boat, raft or other apparatus constructed or adapted for floating on water.

(2)A person is in police detention for the purposes of this Act if—

(a)he has been taken to a police station after being arrested for an offence ; or

(b)he is arrested at a police station after attending voluntarily at the station or accompanying a constable to it,

and is detained there or is detained elsewhere in the charge of a constable, except that a person who is at a court after being charged is not in police detention for those purposes.

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