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Port of London Act - Part X

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154. Appointment, etc., of constables.
155. Area of authority.
156. Powers of constables.
157. Unlawful possession.
158. Services of police force at specified premises.
159. Port police federation.

160. Impersonating a port constable.

Port of London Act - PART X

THE PORT AUTHORITY'S POLICE FORCE

154. Appointment, etc, of constables

(1) The Port Authority may appoint persons to be constables and a person so appointed shall, on appointment, be attested as a constable by making a declaration before a justice of the peace in the form set out in Schedule 6 to this Act.

(2) The Port Authority may suspend or terminate the appointment of a person appointed under this section.

(3) If the Port Authority terminate the appointment of a person appointed under this section, that person shall thereupon cease to be a constable.

(4) …

[In so far as section 154 would, apart from the provisions of this paragraph, continue to confer functions on the Port Authority (as distinct from conferring functions on the Company by virtue of the transfer of functions under section 22 (8)(b) of the 1991 Act {the Ports Act 1991}), that section shall cease to have effect.]

Notes

Sub-s (4) was repealed by the Criminal Justice Act 1972, s 64(2), Sch 6, Pt I.

The further partial repeal of section 154 was made by the Port of Tilbury Transfer Scheme 1991 Confirmation Order 1992 SI 1992/284.

Constables. As to constables who are deemed to have been appointed under this section, see s 212, Sch 11, para (m) post.

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155. Area of authority

(l) A constable appointed under section 154 (Appointment, etc., of constables) of this Act may act as such-

(a)

(b) elsewhere in the circumstances described in subsection (2) of this section;

and, whilst he is so acting, he shall have all the powers and privileges of a constable.

in the port police area; and

(2) A constable who, in the course of his duties as a member of the Port Authority's police force, pursues a person from the port police area, shall have the same powers of arrest in respect of that person outside the port police area as he would have within that area.

Notes

All the powers and privileges of a constable.

Definition. For "port police area", see s 2(1) ante.

Note that sub-s (1) refers only to the powers and privileges and not also the duties of a constable. See also the note "Constable" to s 119 ante.

 

156. Powers of constables

(l) In this section "constable" means a constable appointed under section 154 (Appointment, etc., of constables) of this Act.

(2) A constable may enter and search a vessel within the port police area (taking with him persons to assist him if he thinks it necessary)-

(a)

(b) in order to arrest a person whom he may lawfully arrest; or

(c) if he, with reasonable cause, believes that by so doing he will be able to facilitate the detection of an [indictable] offence committed, or the prevention of an [indictable] offence which he, with reasonable cause, suspects is about to be committed, within the port police area;

if he, with reasonable cause, suspects that an [indictable] offence has been, or is about to be, committed on board the vessel; or

and he may detain anything found on board which he, with reasonable cause, suspects to have been stolen or otherwise unlawfully obtained.

(3) A constable may within the port premises and any specified premises enter and search a vessel or vehicle if he, with reasonable cause, suspects that anything which has been stolen or otherwise unlawfully obtained-

(a)

(b) on or from a vessel either in a dock of the Port Authority or at a pier provided by the Port Authority; or

(c)

may be found therein, and he may detain anything found on board the vessel or in the vehicle, as the case may be, which he with reasonable cause suspects to have been so stolen or obtained.

on or from any specified premises;
on or from the port premises;

(4) No power conferred on a constable by this section shall derogate from, take away or in any way diminish any other power which the constable may have.

Notes

Definitions. For "dock", "port police area", "port premises", "specified premises" and "vessel", see s 2(1) ante.

The word "arrestable" is repealed and replaced with "indictable" by the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005, on the 1 January 2006.

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157. Unlawful possession

(l) A constable may within the port police area stop and search a person whom he, with reasonable cause, suspects of having or conveying in any manner anything which has been stolen or otherwise unlawfully obtained-

(a)

(b) on or from a vessel either in a dock of the Port Authority or at a pier provided by the Port Authority; or

(c)

on or from specified premises;
on or from the port premises;

(2) …...

Notes

The words omitted from sub-s (1) and the whole of sub-s (2) were repealed by the Port of London Act 1982, s 7, Sch2.

Constable.

Definitions.

For "dock", "port police area", "port premises", "specified premises" and "vessel", see s 2(1) ante.
See the note to s 119 ante. Note also, as to the appointment of constables by the company, s 154 ante and the note thereto.

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[Sections 158 and 159 and all references in this Act to "specified premises" shall be treated as having ceased to have effect].

Note

Section 158 and 159 were repealed by the Port of Tilbury Transfer Scheme 1991 Confirmation Order 1992 SI1992/284

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160. Impersonating a port constable

A person who, with intent to deceive, impersonates a member of the Port Authority's police force, or makes any statement or does any act calculated falsely to suggest that he is a member of the Port Authority's police force, shall be guilty of an offence and liable to [imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to a fine not exceeding [level 5 on the standard scale] or to both].

Notes

 

The reference to level 5 on the standard scale is substituted by virtue of the Criminal Justice Act 1982, s 46. Under s.37(2) of the Criminal Justice Act 1982, as amended by The Criminal Justice Act 1991, level 5 is now £5,000

Standard scale.

See the note to s 38 ante.
The words in the first (outer) pair of square brackets were substituted by the Port of London Act 1982, s 3(1), Sch 1, Pt I.