Police take action over ‘trespassing’ travellers on Hove seafront

Police are today (Monday, September 2) moving on travellers who parked their vehicles on Hove Lawn at the weekend.

Monday, 2nd September 2019, 4:14 pm
Photo by Eddie Mitchell

Brighton & Hove City Council and Sussex Police have been working together to take action following a group of approximately 50 vehicles ‘trespassing’ on the lawns.

The police said they are now moving the travellers and vehicles using powers under S61 of the Police and Criminal Justice Act.

Vehicle owners were spoken to by representatives from the police and the council on Sunday morning (September 1) soon after the group arrived.

The council informed the owners they were trespassing on council land and asked for the vehicles to be moved, said police.

Today (Monday, September 2) the police and council have visited again to carry out welfare checks on the occupants of the vehicles, as is required by Home Office guidance before enforcement action can be taken.

The police said they will now use their powers to move the vehicles from Hove Lawns today.

A police spokeswoman said: “We understand there are concerns in the local community but there is a process which has to be followed by law.”