Enforcement action due to start
Enforcement action led by Basildon Borough Council to clear 51
illegal pitches at Dale Farm travellers' site starts today (Monday,
September 19, 2011).
Essex Police is working to make sure there are no breaches of the
peace during the enforcement action at the site in Crays Hill
Bailiffs are due to enter the travellers' site today and a
temporary operational base for officers and staff has been set
up at Barleylands Farm in Billericay.
Police officers from Essex Police and forces providing mutual
aid are ready to deploy should they be needed.
During a press conference held earlier today Supt Trevor Roe said:
"We are here to make sure this community remains peaceful and that
we support Basildon Borough Council in respect of clearing the
"Essex Police, let me be clear, is here to make sure there are no
breaches of the peace and no criminal offences are
He added: "Everyone has a right to protest and we are
respectful of that. A good day for Essex Police is if we don't have
to deploy. If we don't have to get involved in the legal process to
clear the site that's a good day for everyone especially the local
No arrests have been made at this time.
Monday, September 19, 2011