Police and Justice Act 2006
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 Courts.
- both police and Court time will be saved.
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