RSPCA seeks new powers to seize ‘suffering’ animals – BBC News

Posted July 10th, 2017 in animals, charities, news, powers of entry, warrants by sally

‘The RSPCA is seeking new powers in England and Wales to search some private property, including sheds and gardens, without a police warrant.’

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BBC News, 8th July 2017


Powers of entry: code of practice – Home Office

Posted March 5th, 2015 in codes of practice, police, powers of entry by tracey

‘The code provides guidance and sets out considerations that apply to the exercise of powers of entry including, where appropriate, the need to minimise disruption to business. It will ensure greater consistency in the exercise of powers of entry, and greater clarity for those affected by them, while upholding effective enforcement.’

Full code

Home Office, 4th March 2015


Regina (M) v Chief Constable of Hampshire Constabulary (Secretary of State for the Home Department intervening) – WLR Daily

Regina (M) v Chief Constable of Hampshire Constabulary (Secretary of State for the Home Department intervening) [2014] EWCA Civ 1651 ; [2014] WLR (D) 541

‘Informal visits by the police officers to a registered sex offender’s home seeking entry by consent were in accordance with the law. The scheme for the protection of vulnerable persons from sex offenders as a whole was not disproportionate.’

WLR Daily, 18th December 2014


Strict new code to prevent powers of entry being abused – Home Office

Posted January 25th, 2013 in codes of practice, powers of entry, press releases by tracey

“Strict new guidelines are to be established to prevent public bodies abusing powers to enter homes and businesses.”

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Home Office, 22nd January 2013


Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 –

Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 published

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Thousands of officials should lose right to enter your home without a warrant, peers say – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 7th, 2012 in environmental health, news, powers of entry, social services, warrants by sally

“Thousands of ‘faceless’ officials should lose the right to gain entry to people’s homes without a warrant, under legal changes demanded by the House of Lords tonight.”

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Daily Telegraph, 6th February 2012


Lords attempt to curb right of entry laws – The Guardian

Posted November 4th, 2011 in bills, news, powers of entry by tracey

“Right to follow bees and to check for German enemy property are among the hundreds of rules on entering private homes that may be simplified.”

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The Guardian, 3rd November 2011


Warning over Henry VIII style law powers – The Independent

“Plans for sweeping new Henry VIII-style powers would enable ministers to rewrite the statute book without consulting Parliament, a report warned today.”

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The Independent, 3rd November 2011


Bid to scrap right of entry laws – BBC News

Posted March 10th, 2010 in bills, news, powers of entry by sally

“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


Syed v Director of Public Prosecutions – WLR Daily

Posted January 15th, 2010 in law reports, police, powers of entry, warrants by sally

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


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

Posted February 26th, 2008 in powers of entry, special report by sally

“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


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

Posted October 26th, 2007 in constitutional law, freedom of information, news, police, powers of entry by sally

“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


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

Posted April 23rd, 2007 in news, powers of entry by sally

“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