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Dale Farm protesters try to storm Government department

Protesters tried to storm a Government department to mark the first anniversary of the clearance of Europe's largest traveller site in Essex.

About 100 people still angered by the eviction of travellers from Dale Farm in Crays Hill a year ago staged a demonstration outside the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) offices in central London.

Some demonstrators attempted to gain entry into the building to "evict" the department's secretary Eric Pickles but were restrained by police.

The protest marked a year since the violent scenes during the £7 million clearance of Dale Farm as travellers and protesters clashed with bailiffs and police.

Council to drop prosecution of Dale Farm protesters

Dale Farm
Dale Farm Credit: Photo: ITV Anglia

An Essex council will take no further action against protesters arrested during the clearance of Europe's largest illegal travellers' site.

The protesters were among those arrested as they clashed with police and bailiffs as travellers were removed from Dale Farm last October.

Basildon Council successfully prosecuted two people for obstructing a bailiff and issued cautions to 10 others. Now it has announced it was dropping the prosecution of 14 others.

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Council prepares to take fresh action against travellers

A council is preparing to take fresh action after travellers removed from Europe's largest illegal site moved to a neighbouring settlement.

Basildon Council today served enforcement notices on travellers, some of whom had previously lived on Dale Farm in Crays Hill, Essex.

Many moved to the neighbouring Oak Lane legal site following last years mass eviction with some settling on the road approaching the site.

Basildon Council said they had exceeded Oak Lane's legal capacity. The travellers have until August 29 to appeal.

The council confirmed it had served notices on 19 caravans illegally parked on a track leading to the former Dale Farm site.

The clearance followed a decade-long row over unauthorised plots on the six-acre site.

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