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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.

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Residents hit out at state of Dale Farm site

It was 12 months ago tomorrow that police and bailiffs moved in to evict travellers from the Dale Farm site in Essex.

The police and Basildon Council spent more than £7m on the eviction.

But a year on some local residents say the site's become an unhygienic dumping ground for rubbish and many of the travellers remain camped on a road leading up to it.