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Life in ruins after Dale Farm eviction

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2278

Residents at the Dale Farm Traveller site in Essex have been seriously injured after bailiffs cleared the site.

Nora Flynn has neck and back injuries after a path she was walking on gave way. Patrick Egan broke his leg after falling down a trench.

The eviction of around 400 Travellers at the site began last month. But Basildon council did not have permission to remove all buildings so some Travellers remain.

They are now surrounded by unsanitary and dangerous wasteland.

Aerial pictures show Dale Farm covered in craters where bailiffs have removed caravans and concrete bases from pitches. There is stagnant soil and raw sewage.

Some Travellers moved their caravans to the legal parts of the Dale Farm site. Now the council is threatening to force them to move again, claiming the areas are “overcrowded”.

Council leader Tony Ball said this could “pose a health and safety risk”. He didn’t mention the risks posed by the eviction.

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Tue 15 Nov 2011, 19:02 GMT
Issue No. 2278
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