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Use of Section 61- Unauthorised Encampments 2018-2021

Date of request: January 11, 2021
Reference: 038/21

Request

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request information pertaining to the powers of the police to remove unauthorised campers/trespassers from land under Section 61 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 (S61 CJPOA). The specific information being requested is as follows:-

  • Since 01 January 2018 to today’s date , how many times have the police had cause to use S61 CJPOA to remove trespassers from land.
  • Of the sites police had cause to attend, how many sites were breached during the initial three month notice period and the number of times the police were required to re-attend.
  • Of the sites police had cause to attend, how many sites were trespassed after the three month notice period had expired and the number of times the police were required to re-attend.

Response

Please be aware that the information collected for this request was identified using a key word search within the Modus Operandi (MO) of ‘unauthorised encampment’ occurrences.

Please note that key word searches are problematic and in no way provide accurate results or figures. If the selected key words have not been mentioned in the MO the data will not be returned. Vice versa, if the key words have been mentioned in an unrelated context irrelevant data will be collected.

The keyword ‘Section 61’ has been used a total of six times within the time frame requested. However, the search results returned only made reference to Section 61 of the CJPOA and not its use.

No information relevant to questions two and three of your request has been identified.

It is worth noting that local Authorities also have powers regarding unauthorised encampments therefore your request for any further information may also be better directed to them.

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