PACE: Section 19

Section 19 of PACE, Police and Criminal Evidence Act, gives the police general powers to seize evidence.

Under section 19 when a constable (in uniform or otherwise)  is lawfully on any premises he can seize anything which he finds on the premises if he has reasonable grounds for believing:

(i) that it has been obtained in consequence of the commission of an offence; or


(ii) that it is evidence in relation to an offence which he is investigating or any other offence;

And (iii) that it is necessary to seize it in order to prevent it being concealed, lost, damaged, altered or destroyed.

Section 19 (MoJ)

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