Unauthorised encampment is defined as a group of people with vehicles on land without the landowner or occupier's consent with the intention of residing. Unauthorised camping is not a criminal offence. It is a civil offence (trespass), giving landowners the right to repossess their property using the due process of law.
Gypsies and Travellers are protected from discrimination by the Equality Act 2010 and the Human Rights Act 1998, together with all ethnic groups who have a particular culture, language or values. We follow advice and guidance from the government as well as fulfilling our statutory duties in relation to any action we take to deal with unauthorised encampment.
We are aware of the distress, annoyance and expense that can be caused by unauthorised encampments.
Landowners should report unauthorised encampments to the Hampshire Constabulary on non-emergency response number 101.