§ Mr. Maclean
Code of practice B issued under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 provides that anything lawfully seized by a police officer may be retained only for as long as is necessary in the circumstances. It may be retained, among other purposes, for use as evidence at a trial. Property must not be retained where a photograph or copy of the item would suffice.
A person seeking return of property seized by the police may make application to a magistrates' court under the Police (Property) Act 1897 for its possession.