Part I Powers to Stop and Search (ss 1-7)
Part I Powers to Stop and Search (ss 1-7)

1 Power of constable to stop and search persons, vehicles etc

(1)     A constable may exercise any power conferred by this section—

(a)     in any place to which at the time when he proposes to exercise the power the public or any section of the public has access, on payment or otherwise, as of right or by virtue of express or implied permission; or

(b)     in any other place to which people have ready access at the time when he proposes to exercise the power but which is not a dwelling.

(2)     Subject to subsection (3) to (5) below, a constable—

(a)     may search—

(i)     any person or vehicle;

(ii)     anything which is in or on a vehicle,

for stolen or prohibited articles[, any article to which subsection (8A) below applies[, any substance to which subsection (8AA) below applies] or any firework to which subsection (8B) below applies]; and

(b)     may detain a person or vehicle for the purpose of such a search.

(3)     This section does not give a constable power to search a person or vehicle or anything in or on a vehicle unless he has reasonable grounds for suspecting that he will find stolen or prohibited articles[, any article to which subsection (8A) below applies[, any substance to which subsection (8AA) below applies] or any firework to which subsection (8B) below applies].