Travellers: Anti-social Behaviour

Home Office written question – answered on 20th September 2022.

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Photo of Christopher Pincher Christopher Pincher Conservative, Tamworth

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to help tackle anti-social behaviour arising from traveller sites; and what powers her Department have given to the police to help tackle illegal encampments.

Photo of Christopher Pincher Christopher Pincher Conservative, Tamworth

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps her Department has taken to help tackle unauthorised encampments established by travellers.

Photo of Christopher Pincher Christopher Pincher Conservative, Tamworth

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to tackle anti-social behaviour arising from traveller sites; and what powers local police forces hold to help tackle illegal encampments.

Photo of Jeremy Quin Jeremy Quin The Minister of State, Home Department

This Government recognises the misery that unauthorised encampments can cause and that is why we have delivered on our manifesto commitment to give police the powers they need to tackle those people on unauthorised encampments who cause harm.

Through the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022, which received Royal Assent in April, we strengthened the police’s powers to arrest and seize the vehicles and other property of those who set up unauthorised encampments and cause damage, disruption or distress.

The measures also extend the powers of the police to direct trespassers to leave land.

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