New law targets squatters

From midnight tonight squatting in residential properties will be a criminal offence.

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New law introduced today means squatting is now a criminal offence

A new law that makes squatting illegal comes into force today.

The legislation has caused great controversy. Those protecting the rights of people whose properties have been occupied say the change from civil to criminal offence is long overdue. While charities working with homeless people are worried the new law will lead to more people living on the streets.

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A long campaign against squatting

From midnight tonight squatting in residential properties will be criminalised. Police will have the powers to evict people immediately - some could face a large fine or a prison sentence. Hove MP Mike Weatherley has been campaigning for a change in the law.