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    2009-04-06

    Blackstone's Counter-Terrorism Handbook
    Our Handbook identifies terrorist tactics, highlights issues surrounding violent extremism and provides practical scenarios and checklists to illustrate the operational application of anti-terrorism legislation. The legislation is drawn from the PNLD, and is fully up to date including new provisions from the Counter-Terrorism Act 2008. The legislation is accompanied by explanatory notes, related case law and points to prove.

    Supported by Lord Carlile of Berriew (the independent reviewer of anti-terrorism legislation), the Handbook is designed to be of practical and operational use for counter terrorism specialists, but, as he states in his foreword to the book "I commend it to Ministers, civil servants and lawyers, as well as those for whom the book is designed." To order a copy, please see the PNLD website (www.pnld.co.uk)

    Persistent sale of tobacco to persons under 18
    Section 12A of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 enables a magistrates' court to impose a restricted premises order preventing the sale, either in person or by automatic machine, of tobacco products or cigarette papers on certain premises for up to one year. A magistrates' court may make a restricted premises order only if, in addition to the offence on the premises for which the offender has been convicted, the offender has also committed at least two other tobacco offences on the premises within a two year period (whether or not convicted of those other offences). A restricted premises order can only be made if the person applying for the order has given notice to everyone appearing to be affected by it.

    By section 12B a magistrates' court can impose a restricted sale order. A restricted sale order is an order which prohibits a person from making any sale of tobacco or cigarette papers (whether in person or by automatic machine) to any person. It also prohibits the person from having management functions in relation to such sales. A person found guilty of breaching restricted premises orders or restricted sale orders is liable to a fine of up to £20,000. *The new sections 12A and 12B do not apply where any of the offences mentioned within them were committed before 1st April 2009.

    Graduated fixed penalties, road side deposits and immobilisation
    From 1 April 2009, there are new graduated offences in respect of commercial offences and UK and foreign drivers. Deposits are required from any offender who cannot provide a satisfactory address and can be used in respect of the new graduated penalties, other current fixed penalty offences and summons. (Note however, this will provide an additional method of dealing with such drivers, rather than a replacement for the use of PACE powers of arrest.) Penalty points can be recorded on an electronic driver record for drivers who do not hold a GB licence and counterpart thus foreign licences will not require checking because checks can be made via PNC. Immobilisation is available for prohibited vehicles and failure to pay a deposit. VOSA examiners have the power to issue fixed penalty notices in a restricted capacity.

    Health and Safety – Explosives
    The maximum period of validity of an explosives certificate under the Control of Explosives Regulations 1991 is now extended to five years. This removes the distinction between periods of validity for explosives certificates relating to the acquisition and keeping of explosives and those for acquisition only. The Health and Safety Executive is made the enforcing authority for section 25 of the Manufacture and Storage of Explosives Regulations 2005 at sites in relation to which it has granted a person a licence to manufacture or store explosives or registered a person for such storage.

    A new regulation 25A is added, placing a duty on manufacturers, importers and suppliers of pyrotechnic articles to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that the net mass of explosive in the article does not exceed the amount they have specified on the article, its packaging or its accompanying documentation.

    Time for a change?
    As an additional service we have linked up with AllPoliceJobs.co.uk to give you access to the best site in the U.K. for new jobs within the Service. It's got the lot, at any one time there are around 600 jobs for sworn Officers, Police Staff and PCSOs, so go have a look and see if there is something there which will change your life for the better. The site is only available if you have internet access (http://www.pnld.allpolicejobs.co.uk/).


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