Recovery of expenses of enforcement
15.—(1) This paragraph applies where a court—
(a)convicts a person of an offence under regulation 18; or
(b)makes an order under paragraph 13 or 14 above for the forfeiture of any equipment.
(2) The court may (in addition to any other order it may make as to costs or expenses) order the person convicted or, as the case may be, any person having an interest in the equipment the subject of the order for forfeiture, to reimburse an enforcement authority for any expenditure which has been or may be incurred by that authority—
(a)in investigating the offence, and, without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, in having the equipment tested;
(b)in connection with any seizure or detention of the equipment by or on behalf of the authority; or
(c)in connection with any compliance by that authority with directions given by the court for the purposes of any order for the forfeiture of the equipment.