Travellers do not need more sites in the UK as these were already provided for in the local development plan, the Communities and Local Government Minister told Daybreak.
Eric Pickles dismissed accusations that his new policy, Temporary Stop Notices, exacerbated tensions with travellers by imposing unlimited fines on them for refusing to move if evicted.
It is part of a local development plan to provide sites. But that does not mean that in the same way as we would be down on a householder who decides to build on green belt, we would be down on a householder who decides to occupy public land and we are not going to treat travellers in a different way.
More top news
President Obama has declared a state of emergency in South Carolina after severe storms caused heavy flooding.
The last British prisoner in Guantanamo Bay is worried he will die before US authorities release him.
Proposal would see a task force set up to assess environmental impact from breaches of emissions testing rules.