Gypsies and Travellers are protected from discrimination by the Race Relations Act 1976 and the Human Rights Act 1988, together with all ethnic groups who have a particular culture, language or values.
Travellers cannot be evicted straight away. If they are camped on Council owned land the Council has to apply for a Court Order to evict them.
If the land is private the same rights apply and the owner of the land will need to apply to the Courts for an eviction order under Civil Procedure Rules 1998. There must be a minimum of two clear days between the services of documents and the court hearing.
In certain cases, the Police may have powers to remove travellers from land.