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Policing and Crime Act 2009

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54Power to retain seized property: Northern Ireland

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(1)The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (c. 29) is amended as follows.

(2)After section 190 insert—

190ARestraint orders: power to retain seized property

(1)A restraint order may include provision authorising the detention of any property to which it applies if the property—

(a)is seized by an appropriate officer under a relevant seizure power, or

(b)is produced to an appropriate officer in compliance with a production order under section 345.

(2)Provision under subsection (1) may, in particular—

(a)relate to specified property, to property of a specified description or to all property to which the restraint order applies;

(b)relate to property that has already been seized or produced or to property that may be seized or produced in future.

(3)“Appropriate officer” means—

(a)an accredited financial investigator;

(b)a constable;

(c)an officer of Revenue and Customs;

(d)a member of staff of SOCA;

(e)a member of staff of the relevant director (within the meaning of section 352(5A)).

(4)“Relevant seizure power” means a power to seize property conferred by or by virtue of—

(a)section 195C,

(b)section 352, or

(c)Part 3 or 4 of the Police and Criminal Evidence (Northern Ireland) Order 1989 (including as applied by order under Article 85(1) of that Order).

(5)The Secretary of State may by order amend the definition of “relevant seizure power”.

(3)After section 193 insert—

193ADetention of property pending appeal

(1)This section applies where—

(a)a restraint order includes provision under section 190A authorising the detention of property, and

(b)the restraint order is discharged under section 191(5) or 192(3)(b).

(2)This section also applies where—

(a)a restraint order includes provision under section 190A authorising the detention of property, and

(b)the restraint order is varied under section 191(5) or 192(3)(b) so as to omit any such provision.

(3)The property may be detained until there is no further possibility of an appeal against—

(a)the decision to discharge or vary the restraint order, or

(b)any decision made on an appeal against that decision.

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