Traveller Removal and Eviction UK

Traveller Removal and Evictions

We have over 40 years experience in removing travellers from land across the UK

We operate on a nationwide (England & Wales) basis to evict unauthorised occupiers from private and public land. Our service is available every day throughout the year (except for Easter Sunday and Christmas Day). Some occupants refer to themselves as Travellers or Gypsies, some call themselves Romany, New Age Travellers or Squatters. Whatever description they use, you, as the land owner or land owner’s representative, have the common law right to have them evicted from your land. The Constant & Co methodology is to provide enforcement support that is lawful and ethical, and to deliver a prompt, effective and holistic solution to unlawful incursions on your land and property and we are retained by many landowners, managing agents, local authorities and retailers.

Our considerable experience in handling these matters allows us to take action safely and effectively and we will use our best endeavours to repossess the land as quickly and economically as possible using sufficient manpower. Our Enforcement Agents usually take legal possession of an occupied site within 24 to 48 hours of being instructed. Whilst on sites our agents wear Reveal body cams which record all actions/events for their safety and that of the occupants and can help to deter aggressive behaviour. The recordings can also assist with providing evidence if required of any illegal activity on site.

We will communicate with you throughout the entirety of the process; updating you regularly and keeping you informed during this intervention on your behalf. Occasionally high levels of hostility and resistance are encountered and in order to deal with these situations with minimum fuss and provide you with a rapid and ethical solution we have the option of engaging tow trucks to facilitate safe removal of the vehicles.

Our approach when interacting with the occupants and our clients is to provide ethical, effective enforcement without compromising the needs of either party. We deal with all situations respectively ensuring that there is no breach of rights from a legal perspective.

The consequences of their incursion can be criminal damage to land or property including theft and vandalism, fly tipping and the creation of general waste and disruptive behaviour which can interfere with the surrounding community and businesses.

Further resources we provide if required are security guarding and site clearance. If needed we handle the process of contacting these services and we ensure that they complete all tasks to our satisfaction.

There are various powers available to land owners and local authorities to facilitate the removal of unauthorised occupants. These powers are:

Common Law

  • This can only be used by the landowner or their authorised agent
  • This does not require court involvement
  • Using this there is no penalty against the unauthorised occupants should they return

Sections 77-78 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994

  • can only be used by a local authority
  • can be used on any land within the local authority’s area, irrespective of ownershiP
  • are used to remove identified individuals from land
  • only require the involvement of the courts when unauthorised campers do not leave when directed to do so
  • possession is enforced by local authority officers or private bailiffs employed by the local authority
  • the return of unauthorized campers and/or their vehicles to the location within three months carries criminal sanctions

Part 55 Civil Procedures Rules (Possession Order)

  • This can only be used by the landowner or their authorised agent.
  • This requires carrying out a civil court procedure.
  • Using this there is no penalty against the unauthorised occupants should they return.
  • There is no definite time period in which this is carried out. This can take a couple of days or a couple of weeks.

Part 55 Civil Procedures Rules (Possession Order)

  • This is used by local authorities to remove unauthorised occupants from their land.
  • This only requires involvement from the court if trespassers do not leave when directed to do so.
  • This is enforced by local authority officers or private enforcement agents employed by the local authority.
  • The return of the unauthorised occupants to the location within three months carries criminal sanctions.
  • This involves arranging an initial assessment on the land in question to include assessing the health and education needs of the individuals, as well as the number of people present and how many vehicles are on the land, and if there are any animals (we can assist with this).
  • If the unauthorised occupants return to the land within three months this carries a criminal sanction

Sections 61-62 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994

  • This can only be used and enforced by the Police.
  • This is used to remove identified individuals and/or their vehicles from the land and there must be two or more persons trespassing on the land before the power can be used.
  • If the unauthorised occupants return to the land within three months this carries a criminal sanction.
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