168 Power to dispose of property seized and impounded

(1)

A local authority may dispose of property seized and impounded under section 164 that has not been returned within 6 months after it was seized and impounded.

(2)

A local authority must not dispose of property before giving the owner of the property and the person it was seized from not less than 14 working days’ notice of the authority’s intention to do so.

(3)

A local authority may dispose of the property by way of sale or otherwise as it thinks fit.

(4)

Any proceeds from the disposal of the property must be applied to pay,—

(a)

first, the costs incurred in seizing, impounding, transporting, and storing the property:

(b)

second, the costs of disposing of the property:

(c)

third, any surplus to the owner of the property or the person from whom it was seized.

Section 168(1): amended, on 1 October 2012, by section 271(3) of the Search and Surveillance Act 2012 (2012 No 24).