First squatter jailed under new law

Tony Gosling tony at
Thu Sep 27 20:56:14 BST 2012

This is Bilderberger Kenneth Clarke's law
The diabolical cult running Britain right now is 
taking us to a Greece/Spain scenario
They must be nixed.

First squatter jailed under new law
Alex Haigh, who had come to London seeking work, 
sentenced to 12 weeks in prison for occupying flat without permission
Owen Bowcott, legal affairs correspondent
The Guardian, Thursday 27 September 2012 19.19 BST
  A 21-year-old man arrested at a flat in 
Pimlico, central London, has become the first 
person to be jailed under the government's anti-squatting legislation.
Alex Haigh, originally from Plymouth, has been 
sentenced to 12 weeks in prison after pleading 
guilty to occupying a housing association flat without permission.
The Crown Prosecution Service confirmed that 
Haigh was the first person to be given a 
custodial sentence under section 144 of the Legal 
Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act, 
which came into force on the first day of September.
West London magistrates heard that police 
officers had gone to the flat in Cumberland 
Street on 2 September in search of another man. 
They arrested three people, one of whom was 
Haigh, on suspicion of squatting and all three 
have been convicted; the other two are awaiting sentence.
The law criminalises squatting in residential 
premises. Housing charities have warned that it 
may trigger a surge in homelessness as squatters 
are forced on to the streets in order to avoid a criminal record.
The squatters' rights group Squash (Squatters' 
Action for Secure Homes), which campaigned 
against criminalisation, condemned the sentencing 
as "deeply disproportionate and unjust". It said 
the building the men were occupying had been empty for more than a year.
Haigh's father, Hugh, told the Evening Standard 
newspaper that his son, an apprentice bricklayer, 
had come to London in July seeking work. "They 
have made an example of him. To put him in that 
prison environment, I don't understand it. If he 
broke the law, he should be dealt with, but it is 
like putting someone who has not paid their taxes into Dartmoor prison."
Rueben Taylor, from Squash, said: "This marks a 
dark day for our country, as a young vulnerable 
person is being sent to prison simply for trying to keep a roof over his head.
"The real crime is the 930,000 properties sitting 
empty across the UK, not the people who are 
bringing these back into use. This crazy law is 
aggressively punishing the victims of our housing 
crisis, at massive cost to the taxpayer."
Under section 144, squatting in England and Wales 
is punishable by up to six months' jail and fines 
of up to £5,000. The change in the law does not affect commercial premises.
In a circular sent to judges, courts and the 
police, the Ministry of Justice confirmed that 
what were previously known as "squatters' rights" 
– preventing forcible entry to an occupied 
building – would become redundant in relation to residential premises.
Squash claims the cost of criminalising squatting 
will be as high as £790m over the next five years.
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