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Policing and Crime Act 2017

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CHAPTER 7Maritime enforcement: Northern Irish offences

Application of maritime enforcement powers: general

107Application of maritime enforcement powers: general

(1)A law enforcement officer may, for the purpose of preventing, detecting or investigating an offence under the law of Northern Ireland, exercise any of the maritime enforcement powers in relation to—

(a)a United Kingdom ship in Northern Ireland waters,

(b)a ship without nationality in Northern Ireland waters,

(c)a foreign ship in Northern Ireland waters, or

(d)a ship, registered under the law of a relevant territory, in Northern Ireland waters.

(2)In this Chapter, “the maritime enforcement powers” are the powers set out in—

(a)section 109 (power to stop, board, divert and detain);

(b)section 110 (power to search and obtain information);

(c)section 111 (power of arrest and seizure).

(3)The following persons are “law enforcement officers” for the purpose of this Chapter—

(a)a constable who is a member of the Police Service of Northern Ireland or the Police Service of Northern Ireland Reserve,

(b)a person appointed as a special constable in Northern Ireland by virtue of provision incorporating section 79 of the Harbours, Docks, and Piers Clauses Act 1847,

(c)a designated customs official within the meaning of Part 1 of the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009 (see section 14(6) of that Act),

(d)a designated NCA officer who is authorised by the Director General of the National Crime Agency (whether generally or specifically) to exercise the powers of a law enforcement officer under this Chapter, or

(e)a person of a description specified in regulations made by the Secretary of State.

(4)Regulations under subsection (3)(e) are to be made by statutory instrument.

(5)A statutory instrument containing regulations under subsection (3)(e) is subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

(6)Regulations under subsection (3)(e) may not make devolved provision except with the consent of the Department of Justice in Northern Ireland.

(7)For the purposes of subsection (6), regulations under subsection (3)(e) make devolved provision if and to the extent that—

(a)the effect of the regulations is to confer functions under this Chapter on a person of a description specified in the regulations,

(b)it would be within the legislative competence of the Northern Ireland Assembly to confer those functions on persons of that description in an Act of the Northern Ireland Assembly, and

(c)the consent of the Secretary of State would not be required under section 8 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 in relation to a Bill conferring such functions.

(8)This section is subject to section 108 (which makes provision about when the authority of the Secretary of State is required before the maritime enforcement powers are exercised in reliance on this section).

108Restriction on exercise of maritime enforcement powers

(1)The authority of the Secretary of State is required before a law enforcement officer exercises any of the maritime enforcement powers, in reliance on section 107(1), in relation to a foreign ship, or a ship registered under the law of a relevant territory, within the territorial sea adjacent to Northern Ireland.

(2)The Secretary of State may give authority under subsection (1) in relation to a foreign ship only if—

(a)the home state has requested the assistance of the United Kingdom for the purpose of preventing, detecting or investigating an offence under the law of Northern Ireland,

(b)the home state has authorised the United Kingdom to act for that purpose, or

(c)the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 (Cmnd 8941) otherwise permits the exercise of the powers in relation to the ship.

The maritime enforcement powers

109Power to stop, board, divert and detain

(1)This section applies if a law enforcement officer has reasonable grounds to suspect that—

(a)an offence under the law of Northern Ireland is being, or has been, committed on a ship in relation to which the powers conferred by this section are exercisable by virtue of section 107, or

(b)a ship in relation to which those powers are so exercisable is otherwise being used in connection with the commission of an offence under that law.

(2)The law enforcement officer may—

(a)stop the ship;

(b)board the ship;

(c)require the ship to be taken to a port in Northern Ireland.

(3)The law enforcement officer may require the master of the ship, or any member of its crew, to take such action as is necessary for the purposes of subsection (2)(c).

(4)A law enforcement officer must give notice in writing to the master of any ship detained under this section.

(5)The notice must state that the ship is to be detained until the notice is withdrawn by the giving of a further notice in writing signed by a law enforcement officer.

110Power to search and obtain information

(1)This section applies if a law enforcement officer has reasonable grounds to suspect that there is evidence relating to an offence under the law of Northern Ireland (other than items subject to legal privilege) on a ship in relation to which the powers conferred by this section are exercisable by virtue of section 107.

(2)The law enforcement officer may search—

(a)the ship;

(b)anyone found on the ship;

(c)anything found on the ship (including cargo).

(3)The law enforcement officer may require a person found on the ship to give information about himself or herself.

(4)The power to search conferred by subsection (2) is a power to search only to the extent that it is reasonably required for the purpose of discovering evidence of the kind mentioned in subsection (1).

(5)The power to search a person conferred by subsection (2) does not authorise a law enforcement officer to require the person to remove any clothing in public other than an outer coat, jacket or gloves.

(6)In exercising a power conferred by subsection (2) or (3), a law enforcement officer may (amongst other things)—

(a)open any containers;

(b)require the production of documents, books or records relating to the ship or anything on it, other than anything that the law enforcement officer has reasonable grounds to believe to be an item subject to legal privilege;

(c)make photographs or copies of anything the production of which the law enforcement officer has power to require.

(7)The power in subsection (6)(b) to require the production of documents, books or records includes, in relation to documents, books or records kept in electronic form, power to require the provision of the documents, books or records in a form in which they are legible and can be taken away.

(8)The power of a law enforcement officer under subsection (2)(b) or (c) or (3) may be exercised on the ship or elsewhere.

111Power of arrest and seizure

(1)This section applies if a law enforcement officer has reasonable grounds to suspect that an offence under the law of Northern Ireland has been, or is being, committed on a ship in relation to which the powers conferred by this section are exercisable by virtue of section 107.

(2)The law enforcement officer may arrest without warrant anyone whom the officer has reasonable grounds for suspecting to be guilty of the offence.

(3)The law enforcement officer may seize and retain anything found on the ship which appears to the officer to be evidence of the offence, other than anything that the officer has reasonable grounds to believe to be an item subject to legal privilege.

(4)The power of a law enforcement officer under subsection (2) or (3) may be exercised on the ship or elsewhere.

Supplementary provision

112Maritime enforcement powers: supplementary: protective searches

(1)This section applies where a power conferred by section 109 is exercised in relation to a ship.

(2)A law enforcement officer may search any person found on the ship for anything which the officer has reasonable grounds to believe the person might use to—

(a)cause physical injury,

(b)cause damage to property, or

(c)endanger the safety of any ship.

(3)The power under subsection (2) may be exercised on board the ship or elsewhere.

(4)A law enforcement officer searching a person under subsection (2) may seize and retain anything found if the law enforcement officer has reasonable grounds to believe that the person might use it for a purpose mentioned in paragraphs (a) to (c) of that subsection.

(5)Anything seized under subsection (4) may be retained only for so long as there are reasonable grounds to believe that it might be used as mentioned in that subsection.

(6)The power to search a person conferred by subsection (2) does not authorise a law enforcement officer to require the person to remove any clothing in public, other than an outer coat, jacket or gloves.

113Maritime enforcement powers: other supplementary provision

(1)A law enforcement officer may—

(a)be accompanied by other persons, and

(b)take equipment or materials,

to assist the officer in the exercise of powers under this Chapter.

(2)A law enforcement officer may use reasonable force, if necessary, in the performance of functions under this Chapter.

(3)A person accompanying a law enforcement officer under subsection (1) may perform any of the officer’s functions under this Chapter, but only under the officer’s supervision.

(4)A law enforcement officer must produce evidence of the officer’s authority if asked to do so.

(5)The powers conferred by this Chapter do not affect any other powers that a law enforcement officer may have.

114Maritime enforcement powers: offences

(1)A person commits an offence if the person—

(a)intentionally obstructs a law enforcement officer in the performance of functions under this Chapter, or

(b)fails without reasonable excuse to comply with a requirement imposed by a law enforcement officer in the performance of those functions.

(2)A person who provides information in response to a requirement imposed by a law enforcement officer in the performance of functions under this Chapter commits an offence if—

(a)the information is false in a material particular, and the person either knows it is or is reckless as to whether it is, or

(b)the person intentionally fails to disclose any material particular.

(3)A law enforcement officer may arrest without warrant anyone whom the officer has reasonable grounds for suspecting to be guilty of an offence under this section.

(4)A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale.

115Interpretation

(1)In this Chapter—

  • “designated NCA officer” means a National Crime Agency officer who is either or both of the following—

    (a)

    an officer designated under section 10 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 as having the powers and privileges of a constable who is entitled to exercise the powers and privileges of a Northern Ireland constable (see paragraph 11(6) of Schedule 5 to that Act);

    (b)

    an officer designated under that section as having the powers of a general customs official;

  • “foreign ship” means a ship which—

    (a)

    is registered in a State other than the United Kingdom, or

    (b)

    is not so registered but is entitled to fly the flag of a State other than the United Kingdom;

  • “home state”, in relation to a foreign ship, means—

    (a)

    the State in which the ship is registered, or

    (b)

    the State whose flag the ship is otherwise entitled to fly;

  • “items subject to legal privilege” has the same meaning as in the Police and Criminal Evidence (Northern Ireland) Order 1989 (S.I. 1989/1341 (N.I. 12)) (see article 12 of that Order);

  • “law enforcement officer” has the meaning given by section 107(3);

  • “maritime enforcement powers” has the meaning given by section 107(2);

  • “Northern Ireland waters” means the sea and other waters within the seaward limits of the territorial sea adjacent to Northern Ireland;

  • “relevant territory” means—

    (a)

    the Isle of Man;

    (b)

    any of the Channel Islands;

    (c)

    a British overseas territory;

  • “ship” includes every description of vessel (including a hovercraft) used in navigation;

  • “ship without nationality” means a ship which—

    (a)

    is not registered in, or otherwise entitled to fly the flag of, any State or relevant territory, or

    (b)

    sails under the flags of two or more States or relevant territories, or under the flags of a State and relevant territory, using them according to convenience;

  • “United Kingdom ship” means a ship which—

    (a)

    is registered under Part 2 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995,

    (b)

    is a Government ship within the meaning of that Act,

    (c)

    is not registered in any State or relevant territory but is wholly owned by persons each of whom has a United Kingdom connection, or

    (d)

    is registered under an Order in Council under section 1 of the Hovercraft Act 1968.

(2)For the purposes of paragraph (c) of the definition of “United Kingdom ship” in subsection (1), a person has a “United Kingdom connection” if the person is—

(a)a British citizen, a British overseas territories citizen or a British Overseas citizen,

(b)an individual who is habitually resident in the United Kingdom, or

(c)a body corporate which is established under the law of a part of the United Kingdom and has its principal place of business in the United Kingdom.

(3)References in this Chapter to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea include references to any modifications of that Convention agreed after the passing of this Act that have entered into force in relation to the United Kingdom.

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