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(1)This section applies where on any occasion—
(a)an authorised officer of a primary or secondary authority has reason to believe that a person has committed an offence under a dog control order made by that authority; or
(b)an authorised officer of a secondary authority has reason to believe that a person has in its area committed an offence under a dog control order made by a primary authority.
(2)The authorised officer may give that person a notice offering him the opportunity of discharging any liability to conviction for the offence by payment of a fixed penalty.
(3)A fixed penalty payable under this section is payable to the primary or secondary authority whose officer gave the notice.
(4)Where a person is given a notice under this section in respect of an offence—
(a)no proceedings may be instituted for that offence before the expiration of the period of fourteen days following the date of the notice; and
(b)he may not be convicted of that offence if he pays the fixed penalty before the expiration of that period.
(5)A notice under this section must give such particulars of the circumstances alleged to constitute the offence as are necessary for giving reasonable information of the offence.
(6)A notice under this section must also state—
(a)the period during which, by virtue of subsection (4), proceedings will not be taken for the offence;
(b)the amount of the fixed penalty; and
(c)the person to whom and the address at which the fixed penalty may be paid.
(7)Without prejudice to payment by any other method, payment of the fixed penalty may be made by pre-paying and posting a letter containing the amount of the penalty (in cash or otherwise) to the person mentioned in subsection (6)(c) at the address so mentioned.
(8)Where a letter is sent in accordance with subsection (7) payment is to be regarded as having been made at the time at which that letter would be delivered in the ordinary course of post.
(9)The form of a notice under this section is to be such as the appropriate person may by order prescribe.
(10)In any proceedings a certificate which—
(a)purports to be signed on behalf of the chief finance officer of a primary or secondary authority, and
(b)states that payment of a fixed penalty was or was not received by a date specified in the certificate,
is evidence of the facts stated.
(11)In this section—
“”, in relation to a primary or secondary authority, means—
an employee of the authority who is authorised in writing by the authority for the purpose of giving notices under this section;
any person who, in pursuance of arrangements made with the authority, has the function of giving such notices and is authorised in writing by the authority to perform that function; and
any employee of such a person who is authorised in writing by the authority for the purpose of giving such notices;
“chief finance officer”, in relation to a primary or secondary authority, means the person having responsibility for the financial affairs of the authority.
(12)The appropriate person may by regulations prescribe conditions to be satisfied by a person before a secondary authority may authorise him in writing for the purpose of giving notices under this section.
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