Councils 'fail to use' powers to shut down illegal traveller camps

Councils must act quicker to shut down illegal traveller sites - like Dale Farm in Essex - according to Brentwood MP and local government secretary Eric Pickles.

He claims that too often authorities say "nothing can be done" about the problem and fail to use the powers available to them.

Ria Chatterjee has the story.

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Quicker traveller evictions urged

The government has urged local councils to act more quickly to shut down illegal traveller sites. It's hoped the move will prevent another situation like Dale Farm in Basildon, which was only cleared after years of legal wrangling.