Unauthorised traveller and gypsy sites

How we deal with unauthorised sites

We use powers under Section 77 and Section 78 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994. 

All procedures and powers have to be proportionate and are subject to the Human Rights Act and the Equality Act. This can be challenged in court. 

After the unauthorised encampment has been moved, we will clean the site as soon as possible.  The site will be reviewed to see if the land can be better protected from future trespasses. 

It is the landowner’s responsibility to deal with encampments on private land. We will provide advice and help if asked to do so by the landowner. 

The police will tackle all reports of crime wherever they are reported.