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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:46 am on 30th March 2017.

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Photo of Kelly Tolhurst Kelly Tolhurst Conservative, Rochester and Strood 10:46 am, 30th March 2017

I have been contacted by a growing number of residents who are concerned about the influx of Travellers and the number of illegal encampments in my constituency. There have been major reports of intimidation and threatening behaviour. I am well aware that there are problems in other parts of the country, but it is disappointing that local authorities and the police lack either capacity or willingness to use their powers to deal with them. Some of the problems relate to antisocial behaviour and a disregard for the local community. Will the Government make time for a debate on the obligations of local authorities and police, and on how the current law can be strengthened for the good of our communities?