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Customs Consolidation Act 1876

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184Persons may be searched if officers have reason to suspect smuggled goods are concealed upon them

Any officer of Customs or other person duly employed in the prevention of smuggling may search any person on board any ship or boat within the limits of any port in the United Kingdom or the Channel Islands, or any person who shall have landed from any ship or boat, provided such officer or other person duly employed as aforesaid shall have good reason to suppose that such person is carrying or has any uncustomed or prohibited goods about his person ; and if any person shall rescue, destroy, or attempt to destroy any goods to prevent seizure, or obstruct any such officer or other person duly employed as aforesaid in going, remaining, or returning from on board, or in searching such ship or boat or person, or otherwise in the execution of his duty, every such person shall forfeit a sum not exceeding one hundred pounds.

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