R (on the application of M) v Chief Constable of Hampshire Constabulary (Secretary of State for the Home Departmnet intervening)

Sentence – Notification and orders. Following conviction for sexual offences, the claimant was obliged to comply with the notification requirements of Pt 2 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 for life. On several occasions following M's release from prison, the police visited his house informally. It was said that M did not truly consent to their entry because his will was overborne by the knowledge that, if he refused them entry, they would be able to obtain a warrant, under s 96B of the Act. The Court of Appeal, Civil Division, held, inter alia, that the practice of making unannounced visits to offenders' homes seeking entry by consent was proportionate and did not involve an unlawful interference with their rights under art 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

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