Today's monumental announcement from Priti Patel shows we are delivering on our commitment to give police the powers they need to swiftly and effectively tackle encampments.
This has especially been as issue around #ChaddesdenPark, where encampments have occurred repeatedly, and Chaddesden Ward Councillors and I have had numerous discussions about the impact encampments have had.
This new offence will enable the police to fine or arrest those residing, without permission, on private or public land, in vehicles, in order to stop significant disruption, distress or harm being caused to the law-abiding majority.
We promised a strengthened police force and we meant it!!