Essex Police boss pours cold water on “Irish option’ to solve traveller encampment problem

News / Wed 20th Jun 2018 am30 08:32am

By Local Democracy Report
Piers Meyler

ESSEX’S Police and Crime Commissioner has said criminalising trespassing as a means of stopping illegal traveller encampments would require too much police manpower for it to be worthwhile.

But Roger Hirst does want extra powers on top of those currently available to deal more effectively with illegal traveller sites.

His comments, which stop short of endorsing an Irish Option – named such because of the power held by the Garda in Ireland to arrest those involved in trespassing on land such as encampments – comes at the end of a Government consultation into the best way to tackle illegal traveller encampments across the UK.

Much of Essex continues to have a problem with encampments unlike Harlow which has a bespoke injunction in place although encampments have popped up periodically.

Mr Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, said in a response to a Home Office consultation on unauthorised development and encampments: “I believe that additional power would be beneficial. It would simplify the eviction and subsequent prosecution process and increase public confidence because a simple process would give greater public reassurance.

“However, it does need to be recognised that criminalising trespass will have implications on the police resources that would be required to respond. The current powers are sufficient but they are perhaps not as efficient and effective as I would like.”

In the Republic of Ireland, a member of the Garda has power to arrest trespassing travellers without warrant as well as being able to remove, store and dispose of ‘objects’.

A maximum penalty for contravention is a fine of up to 3,000 euros or imprisonment for up to a month, or both.

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14 Comments for Essex Police boss pours cold water on “Irish option’ to solve traveller encampment problem:

2018-06-20 13:04:24

Why in heavens name don't these councils in the East, with traveller problems, ring up John Clempner and ask him what he actually did for Harlow. Simples.

2018-06-20 16:39:26

Another minority Micky hates. Well that's a switch! Still not up for a debate. Either of you...

2018-06-21 05:28:01

Micky 1 Troll 0.

2018-06-21 08:07:41

Or as the Vice of Harlow Council said a few years ago when she was stood with her left wing union Comrades "Travellers Welcome Here"

2018-06-21 09:08:24

Oh god, Micky's now giving himself scores! That's almost as bad as calling yourself a maverick. I'm going to get a bingo card made up for Your Harlow so I can tick off all the prejudices of Tory commenters. Women, check. Islam, check. Labour Party, check. Travellers, check. Do you want to go for Double Jeopardy where the scores can really change?

2018-06-21 11:10:56

Better add John Clempner. Strange that you accuse anybody who disagrees with the m o m e n t u m mob, as a HATER. You display the same,but to the majority. PC gawn mad. Mickey 2. TROLL 0.

2018-06-21 11:25:30

If you feel that strongly, why won't you debate with me? Come on, put your shillings where your mouth is, Micky.

2018-06-21 11:26:22

I'm willing to debate. You're not. That makes you the troll.

2018-06-21 11:31:38

Oh boy. Are you giving yourself scores because nobody else will? I bet you send yourself Valentine's Day cards too!

2018-06-21 13:33:52

Mickey 5 Troll 0.

2018-06-21 15:30:01

Let me give you a bit of advice. When you're trying to make someone else look a fool, at least spell your own name right.

2018-06-22 16:05:41

Deliberately done to give you the chance of picking it up and appearing 'clever'. I told you once that, "if you were a fish, you, would spend most of your time on the bank". You just don't learn.

2018-06-23 17:08:27

Micky 6 Troll 0.

2018-06-25 12:17:15

Oh Dear. Such childish comment from ykw. So desperate to try and prove himself superior. No humility form this political activist, bully boy from momentum. Yet, he doesn't have an idea to how to prevent these so called 'travellers', from sullying the verges and fields within the town boundaries. Just goes on bullying anyone who has the audacity to dis-agree. Would anybody wish to vote for any group that this bitchy individual belongs to ?

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