East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight has welcomed the announcement from Home Secretary Sajid Javid MP that he plans to give police tough new powers to crack down on illegal traveller sites. The news follows a campaign by Sir Greg and other MPs.
Under the plans just announced, police officers will be given powers to intervene and remove travellers from land they should not be on. The Government will also consider making the establishment of unauthorised camps a criminal offence rather than merely a civil matter.
Sir Greg said: “Whilst most travellers are law-abiding citizens there have been too many instances of damage to public and private property and, as things stand, there is a widespread perception that the law does not apply to travellers.
“Sadly, in practice, this is all too often the case as until now the hands of the police have been tied. As things stand anyone who has had their land occupied without their permission needs to seek civil redress in the courts which is both time consuming and costly. This cannot be right, so I welcome the Government’s plan of action to restore public confidence in the law.”
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