§ "62B Failure to comply with direction under section 62A: offences
§ (1) A person commits an offence if he knows that a direction under section 62A(1) has been given which applies to him and—
- (a) he fails to leave the relevant land as soon as reasonably practicable, or
- (b) he enters any land in the area of the relevant local authority as a trespasser before the end of the relevant period with the intention of residing there.
§ (2) The relevant period is the period or 3 months starting with the day on which the direction is given.
§ (3) A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable on summary conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months or a fine not exceeding level 4 on the standard scale or both.
§ (4) A constable in uniform who reasonably suspects that a person is committing an offence under this section may arrest him without a warrant.
§ (5) In proceedings for an offence under this section it is a defence for the accused to show—
- (a) that he was not trespassing on the land in respect of which he is alleged to have committed the offence, or
- (b) that he had a reasonable excuse—
- (i) for failing to leave the relevant land as soon as reasonably practicable, or
- (ii) for entering land in the area of the relevant local authority as a trespasser with the intention of residing there, or
- (c) that, at the time the direction was given, he was under the age of 18 years and was residing with his parent or guardian.".'.
§ —[Mr. Heppell.]
§ Brought up, read the First and Second time, and added to the Bill.