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The Control of Waste (Dealing with Seized Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015

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18.—(1) Where a seizure authority retains property in accordance with regulation 15(2)(a), 16(2)(a) or 17(2)(a), it must return the seized property to the entitled person and, unless a court order provides for the return of the seized property, it must give notice of the return of the seized property in accordance with paragraph (2), where—

(a)the authority is no longer of the opinion that it is necessary to retain such property in accordance with the appropriate regulation; or

(b)proceedings have been discontinued or have ended.

(2) A notice under paragraph (1) must be given within the period beginning with the date on which paragraph (1)(a) or (1)(b) applies and ending 1 working day after that date, and must state that the seized property may be—

(a)collected within the period beginning with the date of the notice under this regulation and ending 10 working days after that date; and

(b)sold, destroyed or otherwise disposed of in accordance with regulation 21, if it is not collected within that period.

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