Search and Surveillance Act 2012

8 Entry without warrant to avoid loss of offender or evidential material


In the circumstances set out in subsection (2), a constable may—


enter a place or vehicle without a warrant; and


search for and arrest a person that the constable suspects has committed the offence.


The circumstances are that the constable has reasonable grounds—


to suspect that the person has committed an offence that is punishable by imprisonment and for which he or she may be arrested without warrant; and


to believe that the person is there; and


to believe that, if entry is not effected immediately, either or both of the following may occur:


the person will leave there to avoid arrest:


evidential material relating to the offence for which the person is to be arrested will be destroyed, concealed, altered, or damaged.