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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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