Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has visited residents who have been affected by nearby squats to discuss the change in the law which criminalises squatting from Saturday 1st September.
Having been contacted by residents who were subjected to a barrage of anti-social behaviour after squatters descended on the area, Mike popped by to discuss in person the problems that residents have faced and the new law which he has been working on that will later this week criminalise squatting.
Mike has been campaigning for squatting to be criminalised since his election to Parliament in 2010 and has been supported by the Prime Minister, as well as his colleague the Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke QC MP, Secretary of State for Justice. Squatting is a huge problem in Brighton & Hove, with numerous instances of this organised and frequently menacing behaviour blighting the lives of ordinary people.
Commenting, Mike said: “Residents are understandably relieved that from 1st September squatting will be a criminal offence. An elderly neighbour of one squat in Hove was telling me recently how she was too scared to go about her life as normal when squatters moved in next door. This is totally unacceptable. From Saturday 1st September, squatting will quite rightly be illegal.”