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Part IVE+W Police Powers

Powers of police to take body samplesE+W

54 Powers of police to take intimate body samples.E+W

(1)Section 62 of the M1Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (regulation of taking of intimate samples) shall be amended as follows.

(2)After subsection (1) there shall be inserted the following subsection—

(1A)An intimate sample may be taken from a person who is not in police detention but from whom, in the course of the investigation of an offence, two or more non-intimate samples suitable for the same means of analysis have been taken which have proved insufficient—

(a)if a police officer of at least the rank of superintendent authorises it to be taken; and

(b)if the appropriate consent is given..

(3)In subsection (2)—

(a)after the word “authorisation” there shall be inserted the words “ under subsection (1) or (1A) above ”; and

(b)in paragraph (a), for the words “serious arrestable offence” there shall be substituted the words “ recordable offence ”.

(4)In subsection (3), after the words “subsection (1)” there shall be inserted the words “ or (1A) ”.

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55 Powers of police to take non-intimate body samples.E+W

(1)Section 63 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (regulation of taking of non-intimate samples) shall be amended as follows.

(2)After subsection (3), there shall be inserted the following subsections—

(3A)A non-intimate sample may be taken from a person (whether or not he falls within subsection (3)(a) above) without the appropriate consent if—

(a)he has been charged with a recordable offence or informed that he will be reported for such an offence; and

(b)either he has not had a non-intimate sample taken from him in the course of the investigation of the offence by the police or he has had a non-intimate sample taken from him but either it was not suitable for the same means of analysis or, though so suitable, the sample proved insufficient.

(3B)A non-intimate sample may be taken from a person without the appropriate consent if he has been convicted of a recordable offence..

(3)In subsection (4), in paragraph (a), for the words “serious arrestable offence” there shall be substituted the words “ recordable offence ”.

(4)After subsection (8), there shall be inserted the following subsection—

(8A)In a case where by virtue of subsection (3A) or (3B) a sample is taken from a person without the appropriate consent—

(a)he shall be told the reason before the sample is taken; and

(b)the reason shall be recorded as soon as practicable after the sample is taken..

(5)In subsection (9), after the words “subsection (8)” there shall be inserted the words “ or (8A) ”.

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F2S. 55(6) repealed (19.3.1997) by 1997 c. 17, ss. 1(1), 6(3)

56 Fingerprints and samples: supplementary provisions.E+W

The following section shall be inserted after section 63 of the M2Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984—

63A Fingerprints and samples: supplementary provisions.

(1)Fingerprints or samples or the information derived from samples taken under any power conferred by this Part of this Act from a person who has been arrested on suspicion of being involved in a recordable offence may be checked against other fingerprints or samples or the information derived from other samples contained in records held by or on behalf of the police or held in connection with or as a result of an investigation of an offence.

(2)Where a sample of hair other than pubic hair is to be taken the sample may be taken either by cutting hairs or by plucking hairs with their roots so long as no more are plucked than the person taking the sample reasonably considers to be necessary for a sufficient sample.

(3)Where any power to take a sample is exercisable in relation to a person the sample may be taken in a prison or other institution to which the M3Prison Act 1952 applies.

(4)Any constable may, within the allowed period, require a person who is neither in police detention nor held in custody by the police on the authority of a court to attend a police station in order to have a sample taken where—

(a)the person has been charged with a recordable offence or informed that he will be reported for such an offence and either he has not had a sample taken from him in the course of the investigation of the offence by the police or he has had a sample so taken from him but either it was not suitable for the same means of analysis or, though so suitable, the sample proved insufficient; or

(b)the person has been convicted of a recordable offence and either he has not had a sample taken from him since the conviction or he has had a sample taken from him (before or after his conviction) but either it was not suitable for the same means of analysis or, though so suitable, the sample proved insufficient.

(5)The period allowed for requiring a person to attend a police station for the purpose specified in subsection (4) above is—

(a)in the case of a person falling within paragraph (a), one month beginning with the date of the charge or one month beginning with the date on which the appropriate officer is informed of the fact that the sample is not suitable for the same means of analysis or has proved insufficient, as the case may be;

(b)in the case of a person falling within paragraph (b), one month beginning with the date of the conviction or one month beginning with the date on which the appropriate officer is informed of the fact that the sample is not suitable for the same means of analysis or has proved insufficient, as the case may be.

(6)A requirement under subsection (4) above—

(a)shall give the person at least 7 days within which he must so attend; and

(b)may direct him to attend at a specified time of day or between specified times of day.

(7)Any constable may arrest without a warrant a person who has failed to comply with a requirement under subsection (4) above.

(8)In this section “the appropriate officer” is—

(a)in the case of a person falling within subsection (4)(a), the officer investigating the offence with which that person has been charged or as to which he was informed that he would be reported;

(b)in the case of a person falling within subsection (4)(b), the officer in charge of the police station from which the investigation of the offence of which he was convicted was conducted..

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F357 Retention of samples in certain cases.E+W

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58 Samples: intimate and non-intimate etc.E+W

(1)Section 65 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (which contains definitions of intimate and non-intimate samples and other relevant definitions) shall be amended as follows.

(2)For the definition of “intimate sample” there shall be substituted—

intimate sample” means—

(a)a sample of blood, semen or any other tissue fluid, urine or pubic hair;

(b)a dental impression;

(c)a swab taken from a person’s body orifice other than the mouth;.

(3)For the definition of “non-intimate sample” there shall be substituted—

non-intimate sample” means—

(a)a sample of hair other than pubic hair;

(b)a sample taken from a nail or from under a nail;

(c)a swab taken from any part of a person’s body including the mouth but not any other body orifice;

(d)saliva;

(e)a footprint or a similar impression of any part of a person’s body other than a part of his hand;.

(4)After the definition of “non-intimate sample” there shall be inserted the following definitions—

registered dentist” has the same meaning as in the M4Dentists Act 1984;

speculative search”, in relation to a person’s fingerprints or samples, means such a check against other fingerprints or samples or against information derived from other samples as is referred to in section 63A(1) above;

sufficient” and “insufficient”, in relation to a sample, means sufficient or insufficient (in point of quantity or quality) for the purpose of enabling information to be produced by the means of analysis used or to be used in relation to the sample..

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59 Extension of powers to search persons’ mouths.E+W

(1)In section 65 of the M5Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (definitions for purposes of Part V: treatment of persons by police), after the definition of “intimate sample” there shall be inserted the following definition—

intimate search” means a search which consists of the physical examination of a person’s body orifices other than the mouth;.

(2)In section 32 of that Act (powers of search upon arrest), in subsection (4), at the end, there shall be inserted “ but they do authorise a search of a person’s mouth ”.

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Powers of police to stop and searchE+W

60 Powers to stop and search in anticipation of [F4 , or after] violence.E+W+S

F5 [(1)If a police officer of or above the rank of inspector reasonably believes—

(a)that incidents involving serious violence may take place in any locality in his police area, and that it is expedient to give an authorisation under this section to prevent their occurrence,

[F6(aa)that—

(i)an incident involving serious violence has taken place in England and Wales in his police area;

(ii)a dangerous instrument or offensive weapon used in the incident is being carried in any locality in his police area by a person; and

(iii)it is expedient to give an authorisation under this section to find the instrument or weapon;] or

(b)that persons are carrying dangerous instruments or offensive weapons in any locality in his police area without good reason,

he may give an authorisation that the powers conferred by this section are to be exercisable at any place within that locality for a specified period not exceeding 24 hours.]

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(3)If it appears to [F7an officer of or above the rank of] superintendent that it is expedient to do so, having regard to offences which have, or are reasonably suspected to have, been committed in connection with any [F8activity] falling within the authorisation, he may direct that the authorisation shall continue in being for a further [F924] hours.

[F10(3A)If an inspector gives an authorisation under subsection (1) he must, as soon as it is practicable to do so, cause an officer of or above the rank of superintendent to be informed.]

(4)This section confers on any constable in uniform power—

(a)to stop any pedestrian and search him or anything carried by him for offensive weapons or dangerous instruments;

(b)to stop any vehicle and search the vehicle, its driver and any passenger for offensive weapons or dangerous instruments.

F11(4A). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(5)A constable may, in the exercise of [F12the powers conferred by subsection (4) above], stop any person or vehicle and make any search he thinks fit whether or not he has any grounds for suspecting that the person or vehicle is carrying weapons or articles of that kind.

(6)If in the course of a search under this section a constable discovers a dangerous instrument or an article which he has reasonable grounds for suspecting to be an offensive weapon, he may seize it.

(7)This section applies (with the necessary modifications) to ships, aircraft and hovercraft as it applies to vehicles.

F13(8)A person who fails

(a)to stop, or to stop a vehicle; F14. . .

F14(b). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

when required to do so by a constable in the exercise of his powers under this section shall be liable on summary conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one month or to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale or both.

(9)[F15Subject to subsection (9ZA),] any authorisation under this section shall be in writing signed by the officer giving it and shall specify [F16the grounds on which it is given and] the locality in which and the period during which the powers conferred by this section are exercisable and a direction under subsection (3) above shall also be given in writing or, where that is not practicable, recorded in writing as soon as it is practicable to do so.

[F17(9ZA)An authorisation under subsection (1)(aa) need not be given in writing where it is not practicable to do so but any oral authorisation must state the matters which would otherwise have to be specified under subsection (9) and must be recorded in writing as soon as it is practicable to do so.]

[F18(9A)The preceding provisions of this section, so far as they relate to an authorisation by a member of the British Transport Police Force (including one who for the time being has the same powers and privileges as a member of a police force for a police area), shall have effect as if the references to a locality in his police area were references to a place [F19in England and Wales ] specified in section 31(1)(a) to (f) of the Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003 [F20and as if the reference in subsection (1)(aa)(i) above to his police area were a reference to any place falling within section 31(1)(a) to (f) of the Act of 2003].]

(10)Where a vehicle is stopped by a constable under this section, the driver shall be entitled to obtain a written statement that the vehicle was stopped under the powers conferred by this section if he applies for such a statement not later than the end of the period of twelve months from the day on which the vehicle was stopped F21. . ..

[F22(10A)A person who is searched by a constable under this section shall be entitled to obtain a written statement that he was searched under the powers conferred by this section if he applies for such a statement not later than the end of the period of twelve months from the day on which he was searched.]

(11)In this section—

  • F23...

  • dangerous instruments” means instruments which have a blade or are sharply pointed;

  • offensive weapon” has the meaning given by section 1(9) of the M6Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 [F24or, in relation to Scotland, section 47(4) of the M7Criminal Law (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 1995][F25; but in subsections (1)(aa), (4), (5) and (6) above and subsection (11A) below includes, in the case of an incident of the kind mentioned in subsection (1)(aa)(i) above, any article used in the incident to cause or threaten injury to any person or otherwise to intimidate]; and

  • F26. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  • vehicle” includes a caravan as defined in section 29(1) of the M8Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960.

[F27(11A)For the purposes of this section, a person carries a dangerous instrument or an offensive weapon if he has it in his possession.]

(12)The powers conferred by this section are in addition to and not in derogation of, any power otherwise conferred.

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F4Words in s. 60 inserted (6.4.2008) by Serious Crime Act 2007 (c. 27), ss. 87(6), 94(1); S.I. 2008/755, art. 18

F5S. 60(1) substituted (1.3.1999) by 1997 c. 21, s. 8(2); S.I. 1999/5, art. 2

F6S. 60(1)(aa) inserted (E.W) (6.4.2008) by Serious Crime Act 2007 (c. 27), ss. 87(1), 94(1); S.I. 2008/755, art. 18

F7Words in s. 60(3) substituted (1.3.1999) by 1997 c. 21, s. 8(4)(a); S.I. 1999/5, art. 2

F8Word in s. 60(3) substituted (1.3.1999) by 1997 c. 21, s. 8(4)(b); S.I. 1999/5, art. 2

F9Word in s. 60(3) substituted (1.3.1999) by 1997 c. 21, s. 8(4)(c); S.I. 1999/5, art. 2

F10S. 60(3A) inserted (1.3.1999) by 1997 c. 21, s. 8(5); S.I. 1999/5, art. 2

F11S. 60(4A) repealed (14.12.2001) by 2001 c. 24, ss. 125, 127(2)(i), Sch. 8 Pt. VI

F12Words in s. 60(5) substituted (1.3.1999) by 1998 c. 37, s. 25(2) (with Sch. 9); S.I. 1998/3263, art. 4

F13S. 60(8)(a)(b) substituted (1.3.1999) for words in s. 60(8) by 1998 c. 37, s. 25(3); S.I. 1998/3263, art. 4

F14S. 60(8)(b) and word “or” immediately preceding repealed (14.12.2001) by 2001 c. 24, ss. 125, 127(2)(i), Sch. 8 Pt. VI

F15Words in s. 60(9) inserted (6.4.2008) by Serious Crime Act 2007 (c. 27), ss. 87(2), 94(1); S.I. 2008/755, art. 18

F16Words in s. 60(9) inserted (1.3.1999) by 1997 c. 21, s. 8(6); S.I. 1999/5, art. 2

F17S. 60(9ZA) inserted (E.W) (6.4.2008) by Serious Crime Act 2007 (c. 27), ss. 87(3), 94(1); S.I. 2008/755, art. 18

F19Words in s. 60(9A) inserted (6.4.2008) by Serious Crime Act 2007 (c. 27), ss. 87(4)(a), 94(1); S.I. 2008/755, art. 18

F20Words in s. 60(9A) inserted (6.4.2008) by Serious Crime Act 2007 (c. 27), ss. 87(4)(b), 94(1); S.I. 2008/755, art. 18

F21Words in s. 60(10) repealed (1.3.1999) by 1997 c. 21, s. 8(7); S.I. 1999/5, art. 2

F22S. 60(10A) inserted (1.3.1999) by 1997 c. 21, s. 8(8); S.I. 1999/5, art. 2

F23S. 60: definition of "British Transport Police Force" ceases to have effect (1.7.2004) by virtue of Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003, (c. 20), ss. 73, 120, {Sch. 5 para. 4(1)(b)(2)(f)} (with s. 72); S.I. 2004/1572, art. 3(ddd)(jjj)

F24Words in s. 60(11) inserted (1.3.1999) by 1997 c. 21, s. 8(9); S.I. 1999/5, art. 2

F25Words in s. 60(11) inserted (6.4.2008) by Serious Crime Act 2007 (c. 27), ss. 87(5), 94(1); S.I. 2008/755, art. 18

F27S. 60(11A) inserted (1.3.1999) by 1997 c. 21, s. 8(10); S.I. 1999/5, art. 2

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C1S. 60 extended (S.) (1.3.1999) by 1997 c. 21, s. 8(11); S.I. 1999/5, art. 2

C2Ss. 60, 60AA amended (1.7.2004) by Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003, (c. 20), ss. 73, 120, {Sch. 5 para. 4(1)(a)(2)(f)} (with s. 72); S.I. 2004/1572, art. 3(ddd)(jjj)

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[F2860AA Powers to require removal of disguisesE+W+S

(1)Where—

(a)an authorisation under section 60 is for the time being in force in relation to any locality for any period, or

(b)an authorisation under subsection (3) that the powers conferred by subsection (2) shall be exercisable at any place in a locality is in force for any period,

those powers shall be exercisable at any place in that locality at any time in that period.

(2)This subsection confers power on any constable in uniform—

(a)to require any person to remove any item which the constable reasonably believes that person is wearing wholly or mainly for the purpose of concealing his identity;

(b)to seize any item which the constable reasonably believes any person intends to wear wholly or mainly for that purpose.

(3)If a police officer of or above the rank of inspector reasonably believes—

(a)that activities may take place in any locality in his police area that are likely (if they take place) to involve the commission of offences, and

(b)that it is expedient, in order to prevent or control the activities, to give an authorisation under this subsection,

he may give an authorisation that the powers conferred by this section shall be exercisable at any place within that locality for a specified period not exceeding twenty-four hours.

(4)If it appears to an officer of or above the rank of superintendent that it is expedient to do so, having regard to offences which—

(a)have been committed in connection with the activities in respect of which the authorisation was given, or

(b)are reasonably suspected to have been so committed,

he may direct that the authorisation shall continue in force for a further twenty-four hours.

(5)If an inspector gives an authorisation under subsection (3) , he must, as soon as it is practicable to do so, cause an officer of or above the rank of superintendent to be informed.

[F29(6)Any authorisation under this section—

(a)shall be in writing and signed by the officer giving it; and

(b)shall specify—

(i)the grounds on which it is given;

(ii)the locality in which the powers conferred by this section are exercisable;

(iii)the period during which those powers are exercisable;

and a direction under subsection (4) shall also be given in writing or, where that is not practicable, recorded in writing as soon as it is practicable to do so.]

[F29(6)Subject to subsection (6A), an authorisation under subsection (3)—

(a)shall be in writing and signed by the officer giving it; and

(b)shall specify—

(i)the grounds on which it is given;

(ii)the locality in which the powers conferred by this section are exercisable; and

(iii)the period during which those powers are exercisable.

(6A)An authorisation under subsection (3) need not be given in writing where it is not practicable to do so but any oral authorisation—

(a)must state the matters which would otherwise have to be specified under subsection (6); and

(b)must be recorded in writing as soon as it is practicable to do so.

(6B)A direction under subsection (4) shall be given in writing or, where that is not practicable, recorded in writing as soon as it is practicable to do so.]

(7)A person who fails to remove an item worn by him when required to do so by a constable in the exercise of his power under this section shall be liable, on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one month or to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale or both.

(8)The preceding provisions of this section, so far as they relate to an authorisation by a member of the British Transport Police Force (including one who for the time being has the same powers and privileges as a member of a police force for a police area), shall have effect as if references to a locality or to a locality in his police area were references to any locality in or in the vicinity of any policed premises, or to the whole or any part of any such premises.

(9)In this section [F30British Transport Police Force] and “policed premises” each has the same meaning as in section 60.

(10)The powers conferred by this section are in addition to, and not in derogation of, any power otherwise conferred.

(11)This section does not extend to Scotland.]

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F28S. 60AA inserted (14.12.2001) by 2001 c. 24, ss. 94(1), 127(2)(d)

F29Ss. 60AA(6)-(6B) substituted for s. 60AA(6) (31.1.2017 for specified purposes, 3.4.2017 in so far as not already in force) by Policing and Crime Act 2017 (c. 3), ss. 120, 183(1)(5)(e); S.I. 2017/399, reg. 2, Sch. para. 28

F30S. 60AA: definition of "British Transport Police Force" ceases to have effect (1.7.2004) by virtue of Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003, (c. 20), ss. 73, 120, {Sch. 5 para. 4(1)(b)(2)(f)} (with s. 72); S.I. 2004/1572, art. 3(ddd)(jjj)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C3Ss. 60, 60AA amended (1.7.2004) by Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003, (c. 20), ss. 73, 120, {Sch. 5 para. 4(1)(a)(2)(f)} (with s. 72); S.I. 2004/1572, art. 3(ddd)(jjj)

[F3160A Retention and disposal of things seized under section 60.E+W

(1)Any things seized by a constable under section 60 [F32or 60AA] may be retained in accordance with regulations made by the Secretary of State under this section.

(2)The Secretary of State may make regulations regulating the retention and safe keeping, and the disposal and destruction in prescribed circumstances, of such things.

(3)Regulations under this section may make different provisions for different classes of things or for different circumstances.

(4)The power to make regulations under this section shall be exercisable by statutory instrument which shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.]

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F31S. 60A inserted (1.3.1999) by 1998 c. 37, s. 26 (with Sch. 9); S.I. 1998/3263, art. 4

F32Words in s. 60A(1) inserted (14.12.2001) by 2001 c. 24, ss. 94(2), 127(2)(d)

[F3360B Arrest without warrant for offences under section 60: Scotland.E+W

In Scotland, where a constable reasonably believes that a person has committed or is committing an offence under section 60(8) he may arrest that person without warrant.]

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F33S. 60B inserted (1.3.1999) by 1998 c. 37, s. 27(2) (with Sch. 9); S.I. 1998/3263, art. 4

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