UK: How to say ‘no’ to Government’s plan to strengthen police powers against Travellers

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"On 5 November 2019, the Government launched a consultation to strengthen police powers against roadside Travellers. We need as many people as possible to stand up and fight against the Government’s plans"

See: How to say ‘no’ to Government’s plan to strengthen police powers against Travellers (Friends Families and Travellers, link):

"The information below shows the possible changes and explains how you can respond to the consultation. These are some of the most harmful changes affecting Gypsies and Travellers for decades – your voice should be heard.

The Government’s plan could:

  • Make trespass a crime – resulting in prison, a fine or your vehicle being taken from you.
  • Make it a crime for you to stop alongside or on the road – they will be able to move you along.
  • Make it so police can act when there’s two vehicles, instead of six. A car, a trailer and a van would count as three vehicles.
  • Make it so police can force you to go to a transit site in another county.
  • Make it so you’re banned from an area for one year instead of three months.

This will affect anyone who stops on land that they do not own, this includes common land."

Link to consultation: Strengthening police powers to tackle unauthorised encampments (gov.uk, link)

 

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