“Create a new criminal offence of intentional trespass. Trespassers who refuse to move after being asked to do so by a uniformed police officer will face arrest.” conservatives.com
As urban explorers the police very often will believe whatever they are told by security etc., a corporation . Even if we are not trespassing but on public land or even land belonging to them or friend or family there there is always and will be a potential for arrest, court, bail conditions etc.
Aggravated trespass is always an issue, I have been told on many occasions after being arrested for it that I have interfered with a legal activity as security guards have had to get off their bums (the legal activity or inactivity) and come and say hello. Aggravated trespass or section 68 and 69 of the Criminal Justice Act 1994 has never to my knowledge been used to protect the weak. For example an elderly persons legal activity of sitting quietly in the garden might be disrupted by someone trespassing and taunting them.
Panorama just did a very interesting programme which highlighted the harassment of disabled folk, funny enough the police were “powerless” to do anything although I could think of several laws they could use but could not be arsed to including the CJA and the Protection from Harassment Act.
This proposed law will could be used as a tool against urban exploration, it becomes ever more clear who the ‘police’ are really working for and it definitely is not the people of this country. Time to start rolling up our sleeves methinks… the time for intellectual chit-chat is just about done.
This is a guide to try and answer some of the common questions about accessing abandoned and derelict buildings. lifted from derelictplaces
Abandoned or derelict buildings almost always have some kind of access point that does not involve having to force your way in. It may be a broken window, an open door or something similar. It may involve some element of climbing / clambering and often isn’t particularly obvious. A good walk of the perimeter of the building keeping an eagle eye out will reveal a way in more often than not.
If you cannot find a way in that does not involve breaking something, then the building is not accessible.
There are two main reasons for this, one is that breaking things contributes to the decay of the place, it’s no better than the vandalism that we so often see in these places and only encourages others to do the same. As explorers we use the maxim ‘Take only photos, leave only footprints’. The other is the position of the law when it comes to such things.
There are a number of elements of the law relating to exploring abandoned and derelict buildings.
Exploring abandoned and derelict buildings without permission of the land owner constitutes an act of trespass and this is the most important law to consider when visiting abandoned and derelict buildings.
Any person can enter a place if the landowners permit it. However, this does not necessarily make a permanent right of access, and unless they have dedicated a bit of land to be permanently open it is within the power of the landowner or their agent/representative to ask any person to leave, assuming that person does not have some other lawful reason to be there.
The landowner or their agent/representative does not have to give a reason. If the person does not go immediately, by the shortest practical route, then they are trespassing. Despite the well known sign ‘trespassers will be prosecuted’, trespass is not a criminal offence and trespassers cannot usually be prosecuted. They can, however, be sued in a civil court. To be successful in court the landowner must prove a significant financial loss as a result of the trespass and thus it’s extremely unlikely that this would ever happen.
Bottom line is if you are asked to leave then do so, via the easiest route.
There are things that can turn trespass into a criminal activity, namely causing criminal damage, taking items away from a site, and threatening behaviour towards staff/security (this can be verbal as well as physical).
What is The Land Is Ours?
The Land Is Ours is a campaign, not an organization. It has a tiny budget. All the work at present is done by volunteers, scattered around the country, There is no hierarchical structure – the important decisions are made by consensus at regular meetings.
Our role is to highlight ordinary people’s exclusion not only from the land itself but also from the decision making processes affecting it, and to campaign and facilitate other people’s campaigns to put this right. As well as organizing events itself, TLIO functions as an umbrella group, putting local campaigns in touch with each other, providing research, media support, political lobbying, contacts and ideas.
Were an English group of Protestant Christian agrarian communists, begun by Gerrard Winstanley as True Levellers in 1649, who became known as “Diggers” due to their activities.
Their original name came from their belief in economic equality based upon a specific passage in the Book of Acts. The Diggers tried to reform (by “levelling” real property) the existing social order with an agrarian lifestyle based on their ideas for the creation of small egalitarian rural communities. They were one of a number of nonconformist dissenting groups that emerged around this time.
The oligarchs masonic pyramid system of control and oppression must be smashed!!!