The criminalisation of trespassing

Thank you for your correspondence regarding the criminalisation of trespassing. 

I understand the Government have consulted on - and are currently reviewing - measures to criminalise the act of trespassing when setting up an unauthorised encampment. I hope you were able to contribute to this consultation: 

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/strengthening-police-powers-to-tackle-unauthorised-encampments

It is my understanding the measures under consideration could be applied in specific circumstances relating to trespass with intent to reside. 

Responding to the petition, ‘Don’t Criminalise Trespass’, the Ministry of Justice outlined that such measures would not affect ramblers, the right to roam or rights of way:

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/300139

Thank you again for contacting me. 

 

Dame Cheryl