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Are we about to witness a shift in the law relating to trespass?

Posted on 06th March 2020 in Parks

Posted by

Anouska Musson

Associate and Solicitor
Are we about to witness a shift in the law relating to trespass?

The government consultation on proposals to broaden the categories of criminal trespass in England and Wales and to grant the police greater powers to disperse unauthorised encampments has just ended. During the consultation period the Government sought views from local authorities, police forces, travellers, communities and the general public on proposals to:

• permit the police to direct trespassers to suitable authorised sites located in neighbouring local authority areas;
• increase the period of time in which trespassers would be unable to return from 3 months to 12 months;
• lower the number of vehicles needing to be involved in an unauthorised encampment from six to two before police powers can be exercised; and
• enable the police to remove trespassers from land that forms part of the highway.

The full consultation proposal can be read here: Click here

The Government will now consider the responses received before publishing its own response here: Click here

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