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Change The Law on Trespass from a Civil to a Criminal Offence

Comment 3rd July 2010

The law on trespass should be changed from a civil to a criminal offence in order to stop illegal travellers camps being set up.

Why does this matter?

At the moment the police are powerless to intervene as trespass is a civil offence.  It is only when it becomes a public order issue that they are able to involve themselves,  Travellers can therefore turn up anytime, anywhere and set up camp with complete impunity.

Changing trespass from a civil to a criminal offence would allow the police to turn up and order them off land/premises and make them liable to arrest if they refused.

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