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Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004

Section 31 – Enforcement

81.Subsection (1) provides that, after a closure order is made, a constable or any other person authorised in writing by the chief constable (an authorised person) may enter the property in order either to do anything necessary to secure it against entry by any person or to carry out essential maintenance or repairs. Subsection (2) sets out that reasonable force may be used in order to facilitate these activities. Subsection (3) sets out that an authorised person seeking to enter closed premises in order to secure the premises must, if requested to do so by or on behalf of the owner, occupier or other person in charge of the premises, produce evidence of identity and authorisation.

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