Traveller and Trespasser Removal & Evictions
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Here at Absolute Enforcement we specialise in Traveller Evictions and have a senior team of high court enforcement agents with years of experience, we deal with all cases sensitively, thoroughly and efficiently. Absolute Enforcement can help you the landowner remove travellers from private land by either using Common Law or by obtaining a High Court Possession Order (Writ of Possession).
Common Law is set out in Halsbury’s Laws of England, the landowner has the legal right to remove trespassers from their private land, using force if required. The Common Law process allows for removal without the need for court proceedings. The main advantage of common law eviction is that it can be carried out quickly which can help to reduce the amount of damage to land and buildings and to reduce the amount of waste left behind.
We have a team capable of removing Travellers for most of England and Wales, with and without court orders, we can attend within as little as two hours. The average traveller eviction can take around 4-6 hours to remove them off the site safely. This time can vary depending on the number of caravans and what activities they are doing on your site. For example, if the trespassers are fly tipping or have obtained access to a building on site, the trespassers may become more stubborn and difficult to remove off the land.
If the trespassers become hostile or stubborn our agents are trained to deal with this, we will try to keep the resources to the minimum to keep your cost as low as possible. However, to ensure a safe and swift eviction, in some cases we will require you to approve the use of tow trucks, dog security or additional agents. We will keep you updated at every stage of the eviction.
Where fly tipping or illegal behaviour may take place we recommend our security or security dogs to be placed on site overnight, and potentially once the site has been cleared it may be recommended for them to be on site until the site is secured. We can organise this if needed. We have our own security team and have strong partnerships with nationwide Security Companies who can assist in all areas of Traveller Evictions with our Enforcement Agents (Bailiffs). We work closely with Local Authorities and the Local Police to ascertain any risk and to allocate sufficient resources so any Traveller Eviction is completed quickly and as efficiently as possible.
One of our experienced team can discuss with you to see if the Common Law route is available. If common law is not an option for you, don’t worry as we can assist you with obtaining a High Court Writ of Possession to evict the trespassers.
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Our clients choose us for our:
Quick Response – The Common Law process allows for removal without the need for court proceedings which can, when it involves travellers, avoid further groups gathering and further damage to land including the expensive removal of fly tipping. Working together our security team with Security and Enforcement Agents (Bailiffs) are able to attend the same day upon receipt of the clients instruction.
Experts in Traveller Removal – Risk assessments are carried out by our experienced Enforcement Agents (Bailiffs) at the site on arrival, which enable us to create a full operational plan for removal, focusing on key resources required, including police attendance and the impact on and safety of the public in the adjoining area.
High Court Enforcement Officers – Experience on peacefully carrying out Traveller Evictions following a County Court possession order who are living in disused commercial premises where we are unable to act on behalf of the landlord based on a forfeit of lease.
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Police Powers when dealing with traveller evictions/trespasser removals and squatting:
The Police can be reluctant to get involved in traveller evictions, however if Police do assist and the travellers fail to leave, or return to the same location within 3 months, they are then committing an offence.
Power of the Police to direct unauthorised campers to leave land: Should trespassers refuse to adhere to a request to leave the land, sections 61- 62 of Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 gives the police discretionary powers to direct trespassers to leave and remove any property or vehicles they have with them. The power applies where the senior police officer reasonably believes that two or more people are trespassing on land with the purpose of residing there, that the occupier has taken reasonable steps to ask them to leave, and any of the following:
- that any of the trespassers have caused damage to land or property;
- that any of the trespassers have used threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour towards the occupier, a member of the occupier’s family or an employee or agent of the occupier; or
- that the trespassers have between them six or more vehicles on the land.
Failure to comply with the direction by leaving the land as soon as reasonably practicable is an offence. Similarly, it is an offence for a trespasser who has left the land in compliance with an order to re-enter it as a trespasser within three months of the direction being given.
Police Powers to direct trespassers to an alternative site: Police have powers under sections 62 A-E of Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 to direct both trespassers and travellers to leave land and remove any vehicle and property from the land where there is a suitable pitch available on a caravan site elsewhere in the local authority area.
Offence of squatting in a residential building: The offence of squatting in a residential building, which came into force on 1 September 2012, was created by section 144 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012. The offence is committed where a person is in any residential building as a trespasser, having entered as a trespasser, knows or ought to know he or she is a trespasser, and is living in the building or intends to live there for any period. Although the new offence does not cover squatting in non-residential buildings or on land, squatters who have broken into those premises, removed items or caused damage might be guilty of other offences such as criminal damage or burglary and should be reported to the police.