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Traveller site injunction extended

Residents facing the threat of eviction from the UK's largest illegal travellers' site have been given more breathing space over the weekend.

A judge continued an existing injunction until 4pm on Monday to prevent Basildon Council in Essex from clearing the Dale Farm site.

Mr Justice Edwards-Stuart is having to decide whether the injunction should be continued further and said he hopes to give his decision on Monday.

Sitting at London's High Court the judge said: "This is a very difficult area and I can quite assure everyone I am giving it the most anxious consideration."

Lawyers for the travellers said they welcomed Basildon's acceptance that the case raised "serious triable issues".

They hope this could lead the judge to continue the injunction pending a hearing at some future date.

Candy Sheridan, vice-chairman of the Gypsy Council, said: "Basildon have conceded pitch by pitch, plot by plot. Dale Farm will live on.

"We accept the legality of the enforcement notices. We were always concerned about over-enforcement."

Outside court, council leader Tony Ball said he was disappointed the council would have to wait until Monday for the judge's full ruling.

He said: "I am personally somewhat disappointed, but I understand (the judge) feels he needs to see justice is done. After 10 years, if it means just a few more days, then it is worth it. The public, the travellers and the council need resolution to this."


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