Make entering and occupying land without consent a criminal offence

Removing trespassers from public and private land is a lengthy process. Damage and disruption caused during this time, especially to the local environment are often irreparable and subsequent clean-up operations costly. Currently, repeat offenders simply move on to the next available open space.

31,418 Signatures


Status: Closed
Created: 25 May 2018, 11:36 a.m.
Daily signature rate : 165
Closed: 1 Dec 2018, 11:59 p.m.

Making this a criminal offence will give police the powers to.
- Arrest without warrant.
- Remove, store and dispose of objects.
- Issue penalties and proceedings.

Other countries already have provision in law for this.

In Ireland, the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act, 1994, was amended in 2002 to address this issue.


Government Response

The Government is currently considering the responses to the consultation on the effectiveness of powers to deal with unauthorised development and encampments, before deciding on any further action.


The recent joint Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Home Office and Ministry of Justice consultation on the effectiveness of powers for dealing with unauthorised development and encampments closed on 15 June. It sought views from everyone with an interest on this important issue. The consultation included a range of questions about existing local authority and police powers, whether to make trespass a criminal offence, court processes, government guidance, the provision of authorised sites, and the impact on settled and travelling communities. The Government wants to understand more about the issues around the effectiveness of existing powers, before deciding what action to take.

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government


Top 10 Constituency Signatories to the Petition

Constituency Signatures % of Total Signatures MP Party-Constituency
2,690 8.56% Dominic Raab Conservative
Esher and Walton
1,888 6.01% Dr Ben Spencer Conservative
Runnymede and Weybridge
1,086 3.46% Chris Grayling Conservative
Epsom and Ewell
966 3.08% Andrew Selous Conservative
South West Bedfordshire
876 2.79% Alok Sharma Conservative
Reading West
808 2.57% Mr Marcus Jones Conservative
Nuneaton
769 2.45% Kwasi Kwarteng Conservative
Spelthorne
623 1.98% Sir Edward Davey Liberal Democrat
Kingston and Surbiton
595 1.89% Mr Jonathan Lord Conservative
Woking
496 1.58% Mims Davies Conservative
Mid Sussex
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19,195 signatures - 61.0% of total

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