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Travellers evicted from Wanstead by Redbridge Council and police

PUBLISHED: 16:39 24 October 2017

Travellers in Evergreen Field, just off the High Street, in Wanstead. Picture: Ken Mears

Travellers in Evergreen Field, just off the High Street, in Wanstead. Picture: Ken Mears

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The police and Redbridge Council have evicted the group of Travellers who set up camp in Evergreen Field, Wanstead.

The nomads arrived in High Street late on Friday evening with several caravans and vans, reportedly to “attend a wedding”.

The land is owned by Ilford based company Dalco Developments, and the council and police worked with the owners to evict the trespassers.

Cllr Sheila Bain, cabinet member for civic pride, said: “Over the weekend a number of legally required site visits were conducted by the Redbridge Enforcement Team and the police. Following which the owner of the land was identified and we started procedures to evict the trespassers.”

Cllr Bain, who is also a Wanstead ward councillor, continued: “I have spent the last few days following and directing this case personally, and can now say we have successfully evicted the trespassers.

“We are now working with Vision, police and land owners to ensure land in the borough is secured and that future instances of traveller encampments falls over the coming months.”

There have been a series of Traveller settlements across Redbridge over the past few months, at the former pubs The Valentine and Doctor Johnson, Tesco in Goodmayes and also Roding Valley Park.

The council has spent more than £100,000 in the last financial year clearing up rubbish left by Travellers.


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