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Constant & Co - the notorious bailiff that evicted Hovefields Travellers

Issue No. 2219

Constant & Co is the bailiff that evicted Travellers at the Hovefields site last week.

It is the subject of complaints regarding needless destruction of property during forced evictions, failure to adhere to health and safety regulations, and disregard of international human rights law.

The Dale Farm Housing Association submitted a dossier to the High Court regarding a previous eviction at the Hovefields site undertaken by Constant.

It contained evidence that the company had carried out operations with heavy machinery while children were present, had failed to enclose demolition sites with fencing and had smashed up caravans and mobile homes. Grattan Puxon of the Dale Farm Housing Association describes the evictions at Hovefields this time:

“Bailiffs began knocking on caravans and mobile homes giving occupants one hour to pack up and leave. The company did not erect perimeter fencing around the demolition site, allowing children and adults to approach close to heavy diggers and even mount a contractor’s lorry.”

Constant issued a press release on the “deconstruction of the site”. It says, “There was some initial resistance, including from some non-Traveller peaceful protesters, and two arrests were made. There were no injuries reported.”

It adds, “A majority of the Travellers accepted the inevitability of the return of the land to its lawful permitted use and co-operated fully. Assistance was given to pack belongings where required.”


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