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BILL REMOVES DUTY OF COUNCILS TO PROVIDE GYPSY CARAVAN SITES

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The 117-clause Criminal Justice and Public Order Bill published today aims to make it easier to convict and punish ...
The 117-clause Criminal Justice and Public Order Bill published today aims to make it easier to convict and punish the guilty and makes a priority of protecting the public against those who commit crimes, said Home Secretary, Michael Howard today.

In public order (collective trespass or nuisance on land) new powers have been given to the police to direct trespassers to leave land and to remove vehicles if they fail to comply with such directions. The Bill also gives police new powers to prevent and stop raves and provides new sanctions against aggravated and mass trespass.

The Bill gives new criminal sanctions against squatters who fail to leave premises within 24 hours after an interim possession order has been served on them. The bill gives local authorities new powers against illegal campers and removes the current duty of local authorities toprovide gypsy caravan sites.
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