Friday, March 18, 2011
At long last
The era of squattersâ€™ rights is to end, the Daily Mail can reveal. Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke is to scrap existing â€˜soft touchâ€™ laws and make occupying a private property illegally a criminal offence. It will mean the police can enter a property by force and evict the occupants within days. Offenders will face prosecution and even a jail term if found guilty. In Scotland, where squatting is already illegal, they can be jailed for 21 days.