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Hosiery Act 1843

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XIVWarrant may be granted by Justice on Complaint on Oath that Person is about to abscond.

And be it enacted, That if any Manufacturer, Agent, or any other Person in his Employment or Service, shall make Oath before a Justice of the Peace that any such Materials, Tools, or Apparatus as aforesaid have been intrusted to any Person as aforesaid, and that he has absconded, or that the Deponent has just Cause to suspect and does suspect that such Person is about to abscond, it shall be lawful for such Justice and he is hereby required to issue his Warrant to apprehend such Person, and bring him before him or some other Justice of the Peace ; and if such Person shall have absconded, or shall not forthwith give Security, to be approved of by the said Justice, for the Return in a finished State of all such Materials so intrusted to him, within such Time as shall be then agreed on, such Justice shall by Warrant order any Constable, with his Assistants, to enter the House or other Premises of such Person, and take possession of all such Materials, Tools, or Apparatus so delivered to him as aforesaid, and to bring the same before the said Justice or any other Justice, when such Justice shall direct the same to be delivered to the Owner, or his Agent or Servant, or other Person duly authorized by him, and shall forthwith release the Person in Custody; but if all such Materials, Tools, or Apparatus shall not be found in the House or other Premises or the Possession of such Person, or shall not be produced before such Justice, such Person shall be deemed and taken to have purloined or embezzled such Materials, Tools, or Apparatus, or such Part thereof as shall not be found or produced, and shall be liable to any of the Punishments awarded for such Offence.

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