Hotels- Section 116 Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 – Kay Wallace

A recent query sent out to the national virtual police network asked whether any police area had used the below the legislation in respect of Hotels;

Section 116 Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014

Child sexual exploitation at a hotel – requirement to disclose information or comply with notice served by police: A police officer can serve a notice on a hotel requiring them to disclose the names and addresses of guests where there is reason to believe there is child sexual exploitation. Failure to comply is a criminal offence.

A police officer of at least the rank of inspector may issue a notice under this section to the owner, operator or manager of a hotel that the officer reasonably believes has been or will be used for the purposes of—

(a)child sexual exploitation, or

(b)conduct that is preparatory to, or otherwise connected with, child sexual exploitation.

A constable may require a person issued with a notice under this section to provide the constable with information about guests at the hotel.

* General responses were the legislation had not really been used, either due to hotels responding positively to police requests for hotel guests lists or due to police ‘Say Something If You See Something’ ‘Makesafe’ training developing positive relationships with hotels.

* One responder did say it would be beneficial if the definition of ‘hotels’ could be extended or clarified to ensure organisations such as Air B & B and could be included in the definition.

* One area asked if anyone has a pro-forma (notice) to serve on hotels, which could be shared.

A police area has charged two hotel staff members under this act, the query was generated to identify if there were any other areas who had used the legislation effectively.