Police Act: What you need know
The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act is now in force.
There is a significant national shortage of places for nomadic Gypsies and Travellers to legally and safely stop. However, on 28 June 2022, the Police Act 2022 came into force, which means people who live on roadside camps may now face time in prison, a £2500 fine or their home being taken from them.
This law is wide open to interpretation and it is likely to impact upon everyone who is or wishes to live nomadically - by culture, choice or necessity.
As the law is rolled out, it's vital that anyone currently living or planning to live nomadically is prepared. Take a look at our resources below for what you can do.
We're challenging the Police Act court. If you or someone you know has had the new trespass powers used against them, get in touch now on 01273 234 777.
Everybody needs a place to live. It should not be a crime to have nowhere to go.
For further information
‘A short guide to the Policing Act 2022: What it means for Gypsy and Traveller camps’. Friends, Families and Travellers, and Community Law Partnership. June 2022. View here.
'Understanding eviction powers: the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022 and the impact on nomadism'. Chris Johnson of Community Law Partnership and Friends, Families and Travellers. July 2022. View here.
'Briefing: Accommodation issues facing Gypsies and Travellers in England'. Friends, Families and Travellers. March 2022. View here.
'The Oak Project: New partnership launched to tackle Gypsy and Traveller accommodation crisis'. Friends, Families and Travellers. June 2022. View here.