Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Travellers' eviction to go ahead

A woman looks out from the front gate at Dale Farm travellers' site at Cray's Hill, near Basildon, Essex
A protester at the Dale Farm travellers' site at Cray's Hill, near Basildon, Essex
Protesters chain themselves to a car at the Dale Farm travellers' site at Cray's Hill, near Basildon

A council has vowed to go ahead with evicting scores of families from the UK's biggest illegal travellers' site after talks with the residents broke down.

An estimated 200 residents and supporters barricaded themselves inside Dale Farm in Basildon, Essex, as bailiffs prepared to clear the former scrapyard.

The travellers recently lost a decade-long legal fight over unauthorised development on 51 plots on half of the six-acre site.

Basildon Council leader Tony Ball said bailiffs will launch the operation to clear the site later in a safe manner.

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