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The policing bill will criminalise Gypsy and Traveller families – there is a better approach

By Samuel Burgum, Lecturer in Sociology, Birmingham City University
Ryan Powell, Reader in Urban Studies, University of Sheffield
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The policing bill making its way through UK parliament has sparked controversy over its draconian proposals to expand police powers and curb protests. The bill will also have a detrimental impact on Gypsy and Traveller families with the criminalisation of trespass.

In its current form, part four of the bill changes the act of trespassing from a civil to a criminal offence and…The Conversation

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