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trespass

The unlawful interference with someone's personal or property rights. In a lawsuit, the property owner does not need to prove physical damage to the property in order to recover monetary damages,because the damage is to the exclusive ownership and possessory rights of the owner. However,modern courts do require some evidence that the trespass was intentional; older law did not differentiate between intentional and accidental trespass.In many states,the duty of care a property owner has to avoid unsafe conditions that might harm persons coming on the property is much less for a trespasser than for those who are invited.

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We are as trespassers in someone else's kingdom, ants in someone else's grass.
Rob Taylor, team manager said: "The use of a firearm in the countryside by a trespasser concerns me.
The offence will be committed where a person is in a residential building as a trespasser, having entered as a trespasser, the person knows or ought to know he or she is a trespasser and the person is living in the building or intends to live there for any period.
Previously, trespassers only faced charges when they interfered with timber harvesting.
In the past 12 months police say the estate has been targeted by thieves, vandals and trespassers, sparking the police warning about safety.
I recommend that if anyone sees trespassers on the railway line, they contact the British Transport Police immediately.
SHOCK posters using coffinshaped railway sleepers with "Rest in Peace" messages have been pasted up at Birmingham's New Street station to deter track trespassers.
Almost half of North East sites report trespassers in the past two years.
The trespassers were quickly handcuffed and escorted away, and order quickly was restored.
When Johnson also threatened to harm the homeowner, and shoot into his house, Wright went inside, grabbed a shotgun, and returned to again order the trespassers to leave.
27] Trespassers of this nature often have multiple identifications, [28] a vehicle nearby containing more trash collected from other companies, and a time schedule to deliver trash to a central location.