[Diggers350] VID: Neighbours of Alex Haigh discuss sentencing

ilyan ilyan.thomas at virgin.net
Sat Sep 29 00:55:34 BST 2012

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On 28/09/12 23:31, Tony Gosling wrote:
> Neighbours of Alex Haigh discuss his sentencing, 2 of them 
> ex-squatters http://t.co/IUvGbhi9
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> *VIDEO: London squatter first to be jailed under new law
> * http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-19753414 
> <http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-19753414>
> 27 September 2012 Last updated at 21:41
> A 21-year-old man squatting in a London property has become the first 
> person to be jailed under a new law.
> Alex Haigh, who arrived from Plymouth two months ago, was arrested by 
> police at a flat in Pimlico on 2 September.
> Haigh pleaded guilty to squatting in a residential property and was 
> jailed for 12 weeks by Westminster Magistrates' Court.
> The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said the new law is enabling "quick and 
> decisive action to protect homeowners".
> Squatting was previously treated as a civil matter. The maximum 
> penalty is now six months in jail, a £5,000 fine, or both.
> 'Quick action'
> Haigh and two other people, Anthony Ismond and Michelle Blake had been 
> squatting at the housing association property in Cumberland Street.
> They were charged and later pleaded guilty to squatting.
> Alex Haigh had come to London two months ago looking for work
> Ismond was fined £100 for squatting and recalled to prison on breach 
> of licence while Blake will be sentenced at a later date.
> But some neighbours where the three were squatting told BBC London of 
> their surprise at Haigh's sentence.
> *Neighbour Nadia Lee said: "They were very quiet - I think just living 
> in a room wanting a roof over their head.
> "I don't think they were doing any real harm. Obviously they (the 
> owners) had a right to get them out but not put them in prison."
> *An MoJ spokesperson said: "For too long squatters have been playing 
> the justice system and have caused homeowners untold misery in 
> eviction, repair and clean-up costs.
> "It is extremely encouraging that the new criminal offence of 
> squatting in a residential building, which came into effect at the 
> beginning of this month, is enabling the police and other agencies to 
> take quick and decisive action to protect homeowners against squatting."
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