I wanted to update concerned residents following the latest meetings I have held with the landowner’s representative, North Yorkshire Police & dialogue with both Selby District Council & North Yorkshire County Council.
Since becoming aware of the issues on Friday morning, I have visited the site twice, met with senior Police officers twice and worked with the local councils to get the matter resolved as quickly as possible within the powers available.
There has been some misinformation distributed with regard to the powers available to the Police to use Section 61 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 to move the travellers on immediately. Unfortunately, under the law, NYCC has safeguarding responsibilities which have to be carried out where minors are involved before an eviction can take place.
Thanks to the liaison with the council, the safeguarding assessment has now taken place. Following this assessment, I held a meeting this morning with the Secretary of the cricket club – who is also the representative of the landowner – and the local police inspector to establish how this situation can now move forward.
I have requested, with the cricket club’s support, that the police now invoke the powers under s.61 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994. However, as has been made clear, the decision to go ahead is an operational decision for the Police.
This sets out the current position and I will of course share any further updates as I receive them.