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49 Persons unlawfully at large. E+W+S+N.I.

(1)Any person who, having been sentenced to [F1imprisonment or custody for life or ordered to be detained in secure accomodation or in a young offenders institution], or having been committed to a prison or remand centre, is unlawfully at large, may be arrested by a constable without warrant and taken to the place in which he is required in accordance with law to be detained.

(2)Where any person sentenced to [F2imprisonment, or ordered to be detained in secure accomodation or in a young offenders institution] is unlawfully at large at any time during the period for which he is liable to be detained in pursuance of the sentence or order, then, unless the Secretary of State otherwise directs, no account shall be taken, in calculating the period for which he is liable to be so detained, of any time during which he is absent from the [F3place in which he is required in accordance with law to be detained]:

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(a)this subsection shall not apply to any period during which any such person as aforesaid is detained in pursuance of the sentence or order or in pursuance of any other sentence of any court [F4in the United Kingdom][F2in a prison or remand centre, in secure accomodation or in a young offenders institution];

(b)F5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(c) . . . F6

(3)The provisions of the last preceding subsection shall apply to a person who is detained in custody in default of payment of any sum of money as if he were sentenced to imprisonment.

(4)For the purposes of this section a person who, after being temporarily released in pursuance of rules made under subsection (5) of section forty–seven of this Act, is at large at any time during the period for which he is liable to be detained in pursuance of his sentence shall be deemed to be unlawfully at large if the period for which he was temporarily released has expired or if an order recalling him has been made by the [F7Secretary of State]in pursuance of the rules.

[F8(5)In this section “secure accommodation” means—

(a)a young offender institution;

(b)a secure training centre; or

(c)any other accommodation that is secure accommodation within the meaning given by section 75(7) of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 (detention and training orders).]

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F1Words in s. 49(1) substituted (1.4.2000) by 1998 c. 37, s. 119, Sch. 8 para. 7(1); S.I. 1999/3426, art. 3(b)

F2Words in s. 49(2) substituted (1.4.2000) by 1998 c. 37, s. 119, Sch. 8 para. 7(2); S.I. 1999/3426, art. 3(b)

F7Words substituted by S.I. 1963/597, Sch. 1

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C2S. 49 applied (5.9.1995) by 1995 c. 16, s. 1(5)(6); S.I. 1995/2021, art. 2

C4S. 49(1) extended (U.K, Channel Islands) (1.10.1997) by 1997 c. 43, s. 41, Sch. 1 Pt. III para. 17(1)(a); S.I. 1997/2200, art. 2(1)(g) (with art. 5)

C7Proviso (a) to s. 49(2) amended (1.10.1997) by 1997 c. 43, s. 41, Sch. 1 Pt. III para. 17(6)(a); S.I. 1997/2200, art. 2(1)(g) (with art. 5)

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