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PART 2PROTECTION OF FOREST TREES FROM DAMAGE

Protection for persons acting under sections 8 to 11

12.—(1) A person is not guilty of an offence under—

(a)section 7(1)(a) or 7A(1)(a) of the Game Preservation Act (Northern Ireland) 1928 (c. 25), or

(b)Article 19(1) or (4) of the Wildlife (Northern Ireland) Order 1985 (NI 2),

by reason of any act falling within subsection (2).

(2) An act falls within this subsection if it is done—

(a)in pursuance of the power in section 8(3), 9(4) or 10(7); or

(b)for the purpose of complying with a notice under section 9(3) or 10(5).

(3) A person is not guilty of an offence under—

(a)section 7B or 7E of the Game Preservation Act (Northern Ireland) 1928, or

(b)Article 10(4) or 14 of the Wildlife (Northern Ireland) Order 1985,

by reason of any act falling within subsection (4).

(4) An act falls within this subsection if it is done—

(a)for the purpose of complying with a notice under section 11(2); or

(b)in pursuance of the power in section 11(3).

(5) But nothing in section 8 or 10 affects the operation of any statutory provision relating to game licences or firearm licences.