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Squatter powers used in St Helens to eject man from house
8:31pm Tuesday 18th September 2012 in News
A ST HELENS squatter has become one of the first people in the country to be ejected from a property under new powers.
Just two days after the laws were introduced, police and council officers successfully removed the man who had been involved in anti-social behaviour while squatting at a privately rented address in Parr.
It means St Helens Council – working closely with Merseyside Police – were among the first authorities in the country to use the legislation which makes squatting in a residential property a criminal offence.
The laws were introduced following public concern about the harm trespassers can cause and are designed to protect owners and lawful occupiers.
Chief Superintendent Rob Carden said: "This has been a great example of the excellent partnership working that takes place on a daily basis within St Helens.
“This has been an appropriate use of the new legislation and brought a swift conclusion to a situation that would have been significantly protracted under the law as it previously stood."