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Pickles: Travellers do not need more sites

Travellers do not need more sites in the UK as these were already provided for in the local development plan, the Communities and Local Government Minister told Daybreak.

Eric Pickles dismissed accusations that his new policy, Temporary Stop Notices, exacerbated tensions with travellers by imposing unlimited fines on them for refusing to move if evicted.

It is part of a local development plan to provide sites. But that does not mean that in the same way as we would be down on a householder who decides to build on green belt, we would be down on a householder who decides to occupy public land and we are not going to treat travellers in a different way.

– Eric Pickles, Minister for Communities and Local Government
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Councils 'do not need more powers' to evict travellers

Councils do not need more powers to move travellers on if they are causing problems, Romany journalist Jake Bower told Daybreak.

More safe sites for travellers to set up a temporary community in needed to be built if the two communities were to live peacefully side-by-side, he added.

There is not enough sites for people, so people are forced to park on places [like playing fields] so you have a culture that is brought into conflict....

What I would like to see the government do is less of the whip and more of the carrot. They can only solve this problem if they build....councils have more powers than they need to move travellers on.

It is making a moral case and a legal case.

– Jake Bower Romany journalist

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Government releases guide on how to evict travellers

A new guide reminding local councils and land owners on how to deal with traveller encampments trespassing on someone else's land has been released by the Government.

Local councils are expected to get more powers to evict travellers. Credit: PA

The guide book includes advice on new Temporary Stop orders, which give councils power to tackle unauthorised caravans, backed up by potentially unlimited fines.

The Local Government and Communities department decided to release the book after 2011's Occupy movement brought into focus the difference between a peaceful protest and "the disruptive impact of the illegal occupation of land"

Families blame deaths on hospital

Dozens of families have contacted ITV London over the treatment of their loved ones at Basildon Hospital.

The hospital is one of 14 across the country currently under investigation, because of higher than expected death rates.

The probe by the NHS Commissioning Board was ordered in the wake of failings at Stafford Hospital, where neglect and abuse led to hundreds of unnecessary deaths.

For this special report, Paul Brand spoke to two families, who claim the deaths of their relatives following treatment at Basildon Hospital could have been prevented.

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Husband says he feels 'devastated' that wife's diagnosis took 11 months

Dozens of families have contacted ITV London over the treatment of their loved ones at Basildon Hospital.

The hospital is one of 14 across the country currently under investigation, because of higher than expected death rates.

One of the families claiming the death of their relative following treatment at Basildon Hospital could have been prevented is Lorraine Linder's.

Lorraine's family claim her death was preventable, she was diagnosed with lung cancer, the tumour spread to her spine and she died within weeks.

Police appeal after pensioner hit by car

Police are appealing for witnesses to a road traffic collision involving a pedestrian which occurred close to Morrisons supermarket in Grays.

The incident occurred shortly after 7.20am on Friday when a black Renault Clio hit an 81-year-old woman.

The pedestrian was taken to hospital in Basildon for treatment to ankle and hip injuries.

The driver of the car was unhurt. Anyone who saw the collision or who went to assist in the aftermath is asked to call Essex Police on 101.

Warning notice issued to Basildon Hospital

Andrea Gordon from the Care Quality Commission said:

"We were pleased to see some improvements had been made and it is important that these are now embedded and sustained.

"However, we also found the trust needed to carry out more work in relation to how it assesses and assures itself of the quality of its own service. In light of this CQC has issued a warning asking the trust to ensure improvements are made in relation to this.

"Our inspectors will be returning in the near future to check on whether this further work has been effectively completed."

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