Archive for the 'powers of entry' Category

Bid to scrap right of entry laws – BBC News

“It may sound like a Monty Python sketch – but an ancient law allowing people on private land without a warrant if they are following a bee might still apply.”

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BBC News, 9th March 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Syed v Director of Public Prosecutions – WLR Daily

Syed v Director of Public Prosecutions

“The test which should be used by a police constable to establish whether or not he was entitled under s 17(1)(e) of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 to use force to enter and search premises, without a warrant, for the purpose of ‘saving life or limb or preventing serious damage to property’ was whether some serious or dangerous incident had occurred, or was likely to occur, within the premises, and not the officer’s ‘concern for the welfare’ of someone in the premises.”

WLR Daily, 14th January 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Who is allowed to break in to your house? – The Guardian

“It may sound suprising, but according to a 2007 report by Harry Snook, a barrister for the Centre for Policy Studies, there are 266 powers allowing officials to enter your home, and not all require a warrant. Those who can break in include firefighters, in an emergency, and police arresting a suspect. The Environment Agency can gain access without a warrant where there is danger of pollution or damage to public health.”

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The Guardian, 26th February 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Brown’s talk of civil rights marks move to regain voters’ trust – The Independent

“A shake-up of Britain’s secrecy laws and those powers enabling police to enter the home has been ordered by the Prime Minister as part of sweeping changes to the constitution.”

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The Independent, 26th October 2007

Source: www.independent.co.uk

The state has 266 ways to enter your home – Daily Telegraph

“The state now has 266 powers to draw upon when its agents want to enter homes, according to research.”

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd April 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk


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