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Illegal encampment dealt with quickly in West Bromwich

Published 26th March 2018

Council and police officers acted quickly to deal with an unauthorised encampment of more than 12 vehicles that broke onto land in West Bromwich yesterday.

It is the third time in recent weeks that police have used new powers to deal with an illegal encampment in Sandwell.

The vehicles gained access to private land at Liberty Tube Ltd in Phoenix Street at around 4pm.

Council officers and police worked with the site owner and the group was directed to use the council’s transit site, where rent of £80 a week and a £250 deposit must be paid for each caravan.

The group refused to use the transit site so a notice was served instructing them to leave.

When they still didn’t leave, police were then able to use their Section 62 powers and the group left. The Section 62 notice also bans the group from entering Sandwell with the intention of setting up an unlawful encampment for three months. A breach of this ban can lead to arrest and having vehicles seized.

Councillor Paul Moore, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “I would like to thank our staff, police officers and the site owner for acting quickly to deal with this illegal encampment.

“Once again, for the third time in recent weeks, we are seeing the benefits of having a transit site, which means the police can use their additional powers if the encampment refuses to use the site or leave the borough.

"Illegal encampments have fallen by more than 60 per cent in the past 12 months. And we'll continue to take tough action."

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