War on travellers as MPs ordered to TACKLE lawless camps

MINISTERS have been ordered to fix “broken” policies failing to tackle lawless traveller camps.

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TENSION: A traveller camp

Tory MPs say the Government should be “hanging their heads in shame” over anti-social behaviour and filth at illegal sites.

They are demanding action amid rising tensions between gypsies and communities.

Some want ministers to “make deliberate trespass a criminal offence”.

Conservative Mark Francois said it would give police “a real deterrent power” to move travellers from land they do not own or have permission to be on.

“They leave behind a trail of devastation which costs the local taxpayer an enormous amount to clear up”

Tory MP Tim Loughton

The Government is preparing its formal response to a consultation on the law around unauthorised caravan sites and developments.

Tory MP Tim Loughton called for the confiscation of travellers’ fancy cars.

He said: “They leave behind a trail of devastation which costs the local taxpayer an enormous amount to clear up.

“Collectively any group of travellers illegally encamped should be liable for fines and compensation.”

And ex-minister Andrew Selous said illegal sites were often linked to modern slavery and other crime.

Jim Davies, of The Traveller Movement, said: “Criminalising stopping is unhelpful.

“The Government should focus on supporting local authorities to build more sites and stopping places.”

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