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Old 21 May 2007, 11:48   #1
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Petition against Bailiffs being granted right to forced entry

http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/Bailiff-Violence/

This is SCARY. Imagine you forget about a parking ticket and you're away on holiday when they arrive-or they come looking for someone else-maybe a previous resident- and you're not home...

I've forwarded it to everyone in my address book.
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Equally, what about when someone owes you money and you want it back!
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Old 21 May 2007, 16:39   #3
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Then you get a court order and send the bailiffs in. They keep on charging for visits until you pay up-and they don't back off.

I've had the bailiffs knocking on my door at previous addresses quite a few times.
Once was my fault-I forgot to pay a parking fine.
Once they were looking for a previous tenant who had left 2 years previously and I'd posted mail back as 'not known at this address'.
TWICE they got the wrong address-there were flats across the road that the name 'xxxx court' in the address and their computer couldn't handle the
extra line in the address so instead of
15 xxxx Court
xxxx Street
xxxxx
Swindon
they had
15 xxxx Street
xxxxx
Swindon

If they had the right to force entry then they would have forced entry to the wrong address. I had one of them serve papers on me for someone from the flat across the road and walk off without even verifying he'd got the address right.
Tell me that in your entire life that you know something like that will never happen to you...

Or imagine that your girlfriend or child was home alone when they forced entry.
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Presumably they would knock before bashing your door down wouldn't they? Fair point if your not in.
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That's the whole point. They will knock first but if you're not in and they break in the onus is on YOU to prove that they got it wrong-and to prove that the stuff they took belongs to you. Have you got reciepts for everything you ever bought?

Imagine for example someone in a shared house had the bailiffs after them and they forced entry while no-one was about.
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It's a thugs charter, there was a bailiff on TV asking for the industry to be regulated should this bill get passed.

More "Legacy" from the outgoing irrelevance.
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There's a lot of emphasis on criminalising small offences.

And yet so many resources are needed to avert/deal with serious crime.

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http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/Bailiff-Violence/

This is SCARY. Imagine you forget about a parking ticket and you're away on holiday when they arrive-or they come looking for someone else-maybe a previous resident- and you're not home...

I've forwarded it to everyone in my address book.

Couldn't agree more - yet more power corruption. I just had a debt collection agency on the phone demanding 80 off me for not taxing a car. When I said the car was in my garage and hadn't moved in 2 years they said - "can you prove that".

I notified the DVLA with a SORN which they appear to have lost. Something I TOTALLY disagree with though - why should I be breaking the law if my car is on private property while I am away? Bonkers.

Under these new bailiffs laws it means they could come in and nick my TV to cover the debt - of course the TV is worth 1000 but by the time they sell it at auction and recover their costs it just coovers the bill...........

A mate of mine USED to be friendly with a bloke who runs a respected firm of bailiffs - he ripped him off a treat and they were very good friends - he then apologised and did a lot of grovelling because what he did was very illegal - my mate chose not to report him - I would have though - needless to say he has nothing to do with him any more!!!
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Don't get me started on SORN. I'm currently in the process of telling DiVviLA to f*** off after they fined me for not renewing the SORN on one of the bikes. They 'claim' they sent out a reminder, so I've invited them to prove it.

I think I feel a freedom of information request coming on....
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The SORN is yet another freedom this government has taken away from us - the freedom from worry.

Imagine you get a 6 month contract working abroad but it's extended to 12 months. You think you have nothing to worry about as your car is safely locked up in your garage at home with the battery removed and the wheels chocked. When you come home you find that you have been fined for not telling the STASI about it!!!
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