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In case you hadn't noticed, residential squatting is now a criminal offence. But wait, before you dash in to hang up yer crowbar – there is hope yet.

The law has more holes than your average American ambassador and it'll be a good year before we know exactly how it's going to be interpreted and enforced. And helping in the fight against Section 144 of the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) is the recently formed Squatters' Legal Network.

Currently in the process of collating the effects of the law so far, the Network is aiming to provide legal advice and support prior to, during and after any evictions or attempted evictions. To that end they have an emergency phone number, an email address, a website, a Twitter presence and a band of eager activists – they're also keen for more bods to get involved.

For more info see: https://network23.org/squatterslegalnetwork or call 07925 769858

There are 5 comments on this story...
Added By: Yogi Kalki Simon - 14th September 2012 @ 2:39 AM
Target all empty properties owned by banks & goverment. You have the sympathy & respect of the 99 % 1 LOVE
Added By: Anarchiste. - 20th September 2012 @ 7:34 PM
Added By: Ciaran Goggins - 1st October 2012 @ 2:20 PM
The Magna Carta....wasn't that a film starring Michael Caine playing an avenging cockney wide boy set in the north east of Ingeluund?
Added By: Joe Poulton - 6th October 2012 @ 7:37 PM
For avenging cockney wide boys look no further than Derek G Haslam, who has Free Mason links. He was in The Met and as a drunk driver killed a pedestrian in 1977. He has (thus far) evaded punishment. He can be found on the following sites "Leather Queens" and "Ladyboys". His address is in the public domain. Ask Sid Fillery;)
Added By: anthony - 17th February 2013 @ 5:52 PM
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