Squatting Offences (4438_13)

Request

Under the Freedom of Information Act I would like to request the following information:

1) How many people have been a) arrested b) charged and c) convicted for the offence of squatting in a residential building under section 144 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012?

2) Of those convicted how many resulted in a custodial sentence?

3) For each conviction please state for what the punishment was (eg seven days in jail, £200 fine, 200 hours community service, otherwise dealt with etc).

I would like the information from 1 September 2012 – when the offence was introduced – to 1 September 2013.

Response

1) Offence – Knowingly as a Trespasser Live / Intend to Live in a Residential Building Between 01/09/2012 – 01/09/2013

No Further Action – 6
Charged – 1

TOTAL – 7

2) The one offender who was charged with the above offence resulted in a custodial sentence.

3) The offender was fined £50 and ordered to serve 1 day’s detention and pay a victim surcharge of £15.00.

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