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Squatting in England and Wales 'should be illegal'

4 July 2011 Last updated at 06:28 BST

Squatting, already illegal in Scotland, could become a criminal offence in England and Wales under government proposals.

Government ministers have described squatting as anti-social, undesirable and unfair, and a change in the law could affect an estimated 20,000 people.

Richard Westcott reports.