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Unauthorised encampments

What about trespass?

The duty of the Police is to preserve the peace and prevent crime. Trespass on land itself is not a crime - it is a civil matter. Prevention of trespass is the responsibility of the landowner, not the Council nor the Police.

What about criminal activity associated with some authorised encampments?

Most gypsies and travellers are law-abiding citizens. The Police will deal with crime committed by gypsies/travellers when there is a complaint and evidence to support it, just as they would when committed by anyone else.

Last updated Wednesday, 7th December 2016

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