294. Detention of a ship, aircraft or vehicle.

If a person has been arrested for an offence of assisting unlawful immigration to a member state1, or helping an asylum seeker to enter the United Kingdom2, or assisting entry in breach of a deportation or exclusion order3, a senior officer4 or a constable may detain a relevant ship, aircraft or vehicle5:

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    (1)     until a decision is taken as to whether or not to charge the arrested person with that offence6; or

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    (2)     if the arrested person has been charged:

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      (a)     until he is acquitted, the charge against him is dismissed or the proceedings are discontinued7; or

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      (b)     if