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Where there are reasonable grounds for believing that there is material on premises which is likely to be of substantial value, whether by itself or together with other material, to a terrorist investigation, a police officer of at least the rank of superintendent may, by a written order signed by him, give to any constable the authority to enter the premises specified to search the premises and any person found there, and to seize and retain any relevant material which is found.

An order can only be made if the officer has reasonable grounds for believing that the case is one of great emergency, and that immediate action is necessary. Where such an order is made the Secretary of State shall be notified as soon as is reasonably practicable (sch 5, Terrorism Act 2000).

Subjects: Law.

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