Meriden gypsy site eviction

Campaigners in Meriden are dismantling their protest camp after the last gypsies living on green-belt land in Warwickshire left the site after being there for more than three years.

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Emotions high as Meriden campaign comes to an end

A Meriden resident who helped support a protest camp for 1088 days was brought to tears today as it was dismantled following the eviction of the gypsies who occupied the land.

She told ITV News Central she was 'glad and sad at the same time'.

The Chairman of the protest group, Meriden RAID, said the village will 'remain united and the friendships and bonds will continue'.

Protest camp dismantled following gypsy eviction

A protest camp set up in opposition to gypsies residing in Meriden, Warwickshire, has been dismantled today after the last remaining travellers left the site on Saturday.

The group, Meriden RAID, was made up of local residents who stationed a 24/7 protest camp. Without planning permission, the council deemed both camps illegal.

Chairman of Meriden RAID, David McGrath, said the 'camp may be moved, but the campaign will continue.'

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Gypsy protest camp is dismantled

Protest camp is dismantled
Protest camp is dismantled Credit: ITV Central

A gypsy protest camp in Meriden in Warwickshire has been dismantled by residents after standing there for three years.

The residents who have fought a lengthy battle with gypsies who set up an illegal camp in the village, said it had served its purpose after the last of the gypsies left on Saturday.

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Gypsies on Meriden site to appear at Court of Appeal to challenge eviction

The gypsy site in Meriden
The gypsy site in Meriden Credit: ITV News Central

Gypsies who want to continue living in Warwickshire are due to appear in front of a Court of Appeal judge later.

They have twenty minutes to challenge their eviction from the Meriden site by the end of the month.

Local residents have protested against the settlement for more than three years.

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Campaigners to press council over gypsies in Meriden

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Campaigners in Warwickshire opposed to a gypsy encampment will push the local council to take action tonight.

Around 50 local residents are expected to attend a meeting in the public gallery at Solihull Council.

They're worried the gypsies won't leave the site in Meriden at the end of March as agreed.

R.A.I.D campaigners (Residents Against Inappropriate Development), want the gypsies to leave the site as planned.

The 1000th day of Meriden gypsy site protests, full report

Village residents who set up camp to protest against an illegal gypsy settlement near their homes have clocked up 1000 days of campaigning.

The people of Meriden claim the gypsies want to develop the greenbelt land for housing.

The gypsies have been ordered to leave the site by the end of March, but have until today to appeal one last time to have their case re-heard.

Andy Bevan reports.

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