Sheffield news Traveller who grew up on roadsides speaks of her fears over new law PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - Fears homeless families who cannot access scarce legal pitches will end up in jail

Sheffield news Traveller who grew up on roadsides speaks of her fears over new law PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - Fears homeless families who cannot access scarce legal pitches will end up in jail

Sheffield news  Traveller who grew up on roadsides speaks of her fears over new law PremierLeague-News.Com
15 May 2021 - 04:17

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A traveller has pleaded for a "step back" as a controversial Government bill is set to criminalise trespass and give police powers to seize caravans. Violet Cannon, who lived on roadsides herself as a child, said the new Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill will "let down" families who live a nomadic life "by choice or necessity". The bill will make it a criminal offence for adults to live on land without permission from the owner, "have or intend to have" at least one vehicle with them, and cause "or [be] likely to cause "significant damage, disruption or distress" - but critics say the wording is too broad and subjective. People could be punished by up to three months in prison and a £2,500 fine, while the police will have the power to seize vehicles and property for up to three months. Ms Cannon, who is chief executive of York Travellers Trust, urged the Government to abandon the bill and "[return] to a time when my family were not criminals simply because of the roof we choose to put over our heads". Read More Related Articles “Dangerous” Halifax thug pulled woman’s teeth out with his bare hands and stabbed her with scissors and a screwdriver Read More Related Articles Prince Charles ignores questions about Harry’s latest comments "What I’m asking is that [we] take a step back, back to the time when I was a child living on the roadside in the early 90s," she said. "A time when my family were not criminals simply because of the roof we choose to put over our heads. "A time when local authorities spoke to us as individuals, when media did not portray us as evil invaders and I did not have to bow and scrape and apologise for individuals who I do not know." The charity chief feared Gypsies and Travellers who are homeless or cannot find legal pitches will end up in the criminal justice system, with children put into care if their parents are arrested. Research from the Friends, Families and Travellers charity in January revealed just 59 permanent pitches and 42 transit pitches were currently available across England, with 1,696 households on waiting lists. Enter your postcode below to find jobs near you "We do not have enough provision for homeless families on the road, but we are also letting down those families who want to live a nomadic life either by choice or necessity," said Ms Cannon. "[An] example; my grandmother dies, we pack out of our house into a trailer for a few days down at the funeral. "We arrive at our booked caravan club late in the evening and are refused entry because of our caravans and vehicles.

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. "The landowner calls and the police ask us to leave. The landowner feels we may cause significant distress. "The family are angry, hurt and in mourning, so ask aggressively 'Where should we go?' The police can't answer and my husband is talking animatedly. [The police] decide to enact this bill. "Best case, we spend our first time in police custody, probably the night. Is that the best we as Gypsy and Traveller people can expect?" Read More Related Articles Yorkshire's public toilet inequality revealed: 'It puts me off going out' Read More Related Articles Batley and Spen by election: Who are the runners and riders? The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill is currently in the committee stage and is expected to report back to House of Commons in June. MPs will then vote on it before it goes to the House of Lords. The controversial bill has also sparked "Kill the Bill" protests across Yorkshire and the UK since it was unveiled in March, with protesters opposing plans to criminalise demonstrations which cause "serious distress, serious annoyance, serious inconvenience or serious loss of amenity" - punishable by up to 10 years in prison. A Home Office spokeswoman said: "The vast majority of Travellers are law abiding, and we recognise their right to follow a nomadic way of life in line with their cultural heritage. “Unauthorised encampments reflect badly on the law-abiding Traveller community – they can cause misery to those who live nearby, with communities impacted by problems such as being unable to access or use their land, and excessive noise and littering. “It’s therefore right we are giving the police the powers they need to address this issue and the government will continue its work to provide more authorised sites for Travellers to reside on.” Read More Related Articles Residents 'don't feel safe' after mass brawl murder investigation in Sheffield street Read More Related Articles Mystery death of beloved dad Adriatik Balliu after body found in cellar full of cannabis

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