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August 2017

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Travellers evicted in Staines

Staines, Middx. Thu 17 Aug 2017

 

 Apart from some slight wear on the grass the field was in excellent condition

 The travellers were happy to talk to me but asked me not to photograph their children or business vans

 They had agreed to leave peacefully after talking with bailiffs who had told them them would otherwise be forcibly removed

 and were packing up as I walked around

 Police officers were standing around outside but doing nothing

 Bailiffs employed by GRC come towards me to remove me from the site, which is pubicly owned land

 Neither the bailiffs nor the Surrey Law enforcement officers would answer any questions - and told me I couldn't take photographs

 The bailiffs had brought a couple of lorries to remove the vanis from the site if necessary.

 Bailiffs had blocked the site entrances - and shouted at me to 'F**k off!' as I took some pictures

 

The travellers had not caused any problems during the couple of weeks they were on the field, which is seldom used
and there seemed to be no reason to use the doubtfully legal method to evict them.
The previous day a court had refused to grant the council the legal power to evict the travellers who say that the
council had failed to give proper consideration to the welfare of the children and other matters. .

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