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Residents mark 700 days of protest

Residents have been given until the end of April to dismantle their protest camp Photo: ITV Central News

Residents in Warwickshire who have been demonstrating against an illegal gypsy site will today mark 700 days of protest.

The villagers from Meriden have been campaigning to have the gypsies removed from green belt land near their homes for almost two years.

This week they found out they'd won their battle to get them evicted when the High Court ruled their caravans would not be allowed to stay on the land.

Today the protesters will be marking their long campaign against the site by serving tea and scones throughout the day.

The residents have been given until the end of next month to dismantle their protest camp, whereas the gypsies on the illegal site opposite have been given another year to stay, to give them time to find somewhere else to live.

Campaign Chairman David McGrath said: "We remain undeterred. We have won all the important legal victories and our campaign will not cease until the green belt is restored."

Our campaign will not cease until the green belt is restored

– David McGrath, Protester

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