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Tuesday, 24 July 2018

CCTV cameras have been installed at Fairlands Park in North Cheam after travellers moved in




Sutton Council is undergoing a legal process to try and move them on.

The site lies behind Sainsbury’s.

Trespassing is not a criminal offence, with the responsibility falling on the land owner to move them on.

Advice from Sutton Council.

What action will the Police take?


The Police will attend the location as soon as officers are available.

They will establish number of caravans and vehicles present and the names of all Travellers present.

The Police will investigate any criminal offences that have been committed in gaining access to the space and any ongoing criminal activity currently in progress.

This information is then used to make an assessment as to whether any police powers should be used to move the Travellers on immediately from the location.

However, it must be borne in mind that trespass is not a criminal offence and usually the Police are unable to take immediate enforcement action or make the Travellers move on.

What will the Council do?

If the Police cannot use their powers to move the Travellers on, the Council will start the process to arrange removal.

This process usually takes between 2 and 5 working days.

The Council has a number of legal requirements it must fulfil before it can move Travellers on.

These checks ensure that travelling families’ health and welfare needs are assessed as required by law and protect the Council should issues arise during the process.

Following these checks a decision is made by the Council as to whether the Travellers should remain on site, while further welfare arrangements are made, or if they can be directed to leave.

If it is appropriate to move the Travellers on the Council’s Legal Services will draft enforcement notices. Once served these notices specify the time by which Travellers must leave the site.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:12 pm  

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