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Dale Farm: Protester wins compensation payout

Ellen Yianni. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A woman who claimed she was assaulted while taking part in protests against the eviction of travellers from Dale Farm has won a £15,000 compensation payout from Essex Police.

Ellen Yianni, who's 29 and from Hounslow, was part of a group that tried to support the Basildon-based travellers in 2011.

Essex Police have not admitted liability for the alleged assault.

Travellers win eviction court fight

Dale Farm travellers site in Essex Credit: PA Images

Two travellers evicted from the Dale Farm site in Essex have won a High Court battle over appeal rights after being told they must move on from a new pitch.

Mary Flynn and her daughter Nora Sheridan moved to a roadway track near Dale Farm in November 2011, following the high profile eviction.

They and other Dale Farm travellers who also set up home at the track were served with enforcement notices by Basildon District Council in July 2012.

The planning inspectorate rejected an appeal against the Basildon Council plan to evict them. The High Court has now ruled the Inspectorate must review the case.

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Councils told to 'get tough' on illegal traveller sites

Councils are being told to get tough on illegal travellers' sites. The Local Government secretary and Brentwood and Ongar MP, Eric Pickles, sent local authorities guidance on what power they have.

He wants it to stop another episode like that at Dale Farm, but there's criticism from the travelling community. They say councils should focus on providing pitches rather than moving people on.

Report: No health risk at Dale Farm site

Dale Farm Credit: ITV Anglia

Land at the Dale Farm Travellers site near Basildon does not pose a health risk to those living nearby a report has found. The Environment Agency launched an investigation after fears the site, which had been used as a scrapyard before travellers moved in, had been contaminated.

Today it reported there is no significant risk of adverse effects on human health.

Dale Farm school praised by inspectors

Crays Hill Primary in Billericay is best known for being the school attached to the Dale Farm Travellers site in Essex.

It has been the subject of rumours and bad press in the past, but today it has been celebrating a good Ofsted report, with much of its teaching rated outstanding.

Elodie Harper was granted exclusive access to film life at the school.

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Tough new powers against illegal traveller sites

The Dale Farm traveller site Credit: ITV News

Councils are to be given tough new powers in order to stop illegal travellers' sites being set up it has been announced.

The Government says the move would prevent another Dale Farm from happening.

Under the plans, local authorities will be given greater freedom to issue "temporary stop notices" and issue unlimited fines, against travellers who try to breach planning rules.

New travellers site planned near Dale Farm

The original Dale Farm travellers site was cleared in October 2011. Credit: ITV Anglia

Plans to open a new travellers site just 800 yards from the Dale Farm site in Essex have moved a step closer.

Councillors in Basildon, who fought a ten year legal battle to evict travellers illegally camped at Dale Farm, have agreed to lease land for the new site from the Home and Counties Agency.

It will provide 15 pitches for caravans and be run by a company that specialises in providing suitable accomodation for travellers.

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