Richard Benyon presented the petition - Illegal encampments in Berkshire to Parliament. He said:
'It has been a particularly difficult summer for many of the residents of West Berkshire, who have been subjected to illegal Traveller encampments close to where they live—mainly on public land, but in every sense in circumstances that have brought great difficulty to them and their neighbours. I therefore submit a petition to the House on behalf of 244 signatories, with a further 366 on my website, as well as on behalf of the many people across neighbouring constituencies who have suffered from the over 50 illegal encampments we have had in West Berkshire this summer.
The petition states:
The petition of residents of Berkshire,
Declares that they have suffered an intolerable imposition from an increasing number of unauthorised encampments.
The petitioners therefore request that the House of Common urges the Government to introduce legislation to make trespass a criminal offence, and strengthen the powers used by the police to deal with illegal encampments, in addition to those already available under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.
And the petitioners remain, etc.'