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Trespass (Scotland) Act 1865 (16/08/2016) (R013789)

Thank you for your request dated 27 July 2016 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) for a breakdown of information previously provided to you in relation to charges which have been reported to COPFS under the Trespass (Scotland) Act 1865; as to how many related to travellers occupying land and how many related to squatters occupying buildings.  You wished these figures for the last two years.

In respect of the 45 charges reported to COPFS in financial year 2014-15 under Section 3 of the Trespass (Scotland) Act 1976, I can advise that 21 of those charges relate to gypsy/travellers occupying land and 23 of those charges relate to persons occupying buildings.

In respect of the 27 charges reported to COPFS in financial year 2015-16 under Section 3 of the Trespass (Scotland) Act 1976, I can advise that none of those charges relate to any persons occupying land and that 25 of those charges relate to persons occupying buildings.  There were two further charges under Section 3 which did not relate to persons occupying land or buildings.