The UK’s Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller communities are voicing deep concern about the Government’s new policing bill, with many saying it is a threat to their way of life. The law will make trespass a criminal offence and give the police the powers to seize the homes of travelling people. At Appleby Horse Fair, BBC Newsnight is told by community leaders that the bill is tantamount to ‘ethnic cleansing’. The Government says that travellers’ property will only be under threat if they refuse to move from unauthorised sites and are causing harm. Emir Nader reports and Sally Chesworth produced this film.
Broadcast BBC Newsnight 17 August 2021