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new squatting offence: Laspo law

Post by falkor » Fri May 31, 2013 8:55 pm

Thirty-two offenders have been found guilty of a new squatting offence in the first three months it has been in force.
Press Assoc 30 May 2013
The crime, also known as trespassing by living or intending to live in a residential building, was introduced by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (Laspo) Act on September 1 last year.

Some 38 defendants were proceeded against at magistrates' courts for the offence between its starting point and December 31, figures from the Ministry of Justice showed.

Among the offenders, 14 were fined, 10 were given a conditional discharge, five were given a community sentence, one was sentenced to immediate custody and two were "otherwise dealt with".

The introduction of the offence - carrying a maximum sentence of up to six months in jail for persistent offenders, a £5,000 fine or both - followed a Government consultation on the issue.

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said: "For too long squatters have played the justice system and caused homeowners untold misery in eviction, repair and clean-up costs. This is no longer being tolerated.

"Since we criminalised squatting in September last year, the police have been working alongside other agencies taking quick and decisive action to protect homeowners across the country and 38 cases have already gone through the courts."
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Re: new squatting offence: Laspo law

Post by Arthur ASCII » Sat Jun 01, 2013 1:32 pm

"Since we criminalised squatting in September last year, the police have been working alongside other agencies taking quick and decisive action to protect homeowners across the country and 38 cases have already gone through the courts."
Homeowners? Let's be honest. It's of most benefit to the thousands of absent landlords who leave empty properties to rot for years on end while people sleep on our streets.

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