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The dishonest destruction, hiding, or defacing of any valuable security (i.e. almost any document creating, extinguishing, or transferring a right in money or property), will or similar document, or any original document (but not a copy) belonging to or filed in any court or governmental department (Theft Act 1968 s 20(1). If done with the purpose of gaining as a result, or causing loss to someone else, it is an offence punishable by up to seven years' imprisonment on indictment; or six months, a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum, or both, summarily. See also forgery.

Subjects: Law.


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