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CRIMES ACT 1900 - SECT 252B

Arrest of child under 10 years old—without warrant

    (1)     A police officer may, without a warrant, arrest a child under 10 years old if the police officer believes on reasonable grounds—

        (a)     that—

              (i)     conduct that makes up the physical elements of an offence or a breach of the peace is being or is likely to be carried out by the child; or

              (ii)     a person has suffered physical injury because of the child's conduct; or

              (iii)     there is imminent danger of injury to a person or serious damage to property because of the child's conduct; and

        (b)     that it is necessary to arrest the child immediately—

              (i)     to prevent the conduct or a repetition of the conduct; or

              (ii)     to protect life or property.

    (2)     If the police officer believes on reasonable grounds that the child is on premises, the police officer may, with reasonable and necessary force, enter the premises to arrest the child.



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