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Caravan could not be seized after being found being lived in by travellers in Hook
HAMPSHIRE police force has apologised over its handling of a case in which a couple were told their stolen caravan could not be seized as another family were living in it.
The episode hit national headlines after an uninsured caravan, belonging to Kath McClelland and partner Mick Curry, who live near Farnham, was found on a traveller’s site in Hook.
The couple were told by police that the £30,000 caravan could not be seized as it was a “civil matter”.
The force has now apologised for its handling of the episode but is standing by its decision not to take the caravan- a decision which was made following legal advice.
The case has now been re-opened.
A police spokeswoman said the force was sorry for the distress caused and the way it had kept the couple informed of developments, adding: “We have met with Mr Curry and Mrs McClelland and discussed with them in detail the complexities of the police powers and legal position in relation to this case.
“We are aware of the public's concern but this was a unique set of circumstances and we remain committed to protecting our communities.”
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