Legislation already exists to prevent travellers staying on land without permission. The problem is that officers are too stretched to enforce it.

Debate in parliament this week has again highlighted the problem of travellers occupying land without permission.

Ed Cracknell and Paul Greatholder appear in The Times The Brief saying "some MPs argue that legislation must be introduced to make deliberate trespass a criminal offence".

Police need resources, not new laws, to tackle trespassing is available to read on The Times website via subscription.

Ed is a senior associate in the property litigation team. He specialises in all aspects of property litigation and property dispute resolution. 

Paul is a partner in the property litigation team. He advises businesses, charities and individuals on all aspects of property disputes and their avoidance.