Saturday, 2 June 2007

New Trespass Law Enacted

Entering Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and the prime minister's country
house Chequers as a trespasser has become a criminal act.

Police could not previously make an arrest if that person agreed to be
escorted off the site.

But under law which comes into force on 1 June, residences of the Queen have
been added to a list of areas where trespassers can be arrested.

Offenders can be jailed for up to 12 months or fined.

The legal changes follow several high-profile incidents where Royal sites
were breached by protesters.

The law could have consequences for press photographers who are legitimately covering news stories and I expect to see a further "additions" to the list of places where trespass is a criminal  act, as protesters occupy places that the authorities don't want them.

Source BBC

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