Police and Justice Act 2006 (Section 39 and Schedule 11)
Section 39 of the Police and Justice Act 2006 and Schedule 11 to
the Act amend the Protection of Children Act 1978 to provide a mechanism
to allow police to forfeit indecent photographs of children held by the
police following any lawful seizure. The provisions came into effect on
1 April 2008.
The changes mean that:
- indecent photographs of children once seized will not be returned in
any recoverable form to someone who does not have a legitimate reason
for their possession
- the police will be able to forfeit indecent photographs of children which are held by the police following any lawful seizure
- the police will be able to exercise the power of forfeiture under
the Protection of Children Act 1978 rather than be dependent on the
- both police and Court time will be saved.
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